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  • Natalie Forood

Electric shock drowning can occur in pools, around docks and boats.

Source: https://www.esfi.org/resource/electric-shock-drowning-unknown-danger-lurking-in-the-water-572

Docks and boats carry sources of electricity. Faulty wiring or the use of damaged electrical cords and other devices can cause the surrounding water to become energized. NEVER swim near a marina or near a boat while its running.

  • There is no visible warning to electrified water

  • Electric current in the water causes the paralysis of muscles which results in drowning

  • The 2017 National Electrical Code now requires marinas and boatyards to have ground-fault protection to help prevent water electrification. Check to see if your marina, and the boats in the marina, have proper GFCI protection

  • As little as 10 milliamps, 1/50th the amount used by a 60 watt light bulb, can cause paralysis and drowning

What to do if you see electric shock drowning taking place:

  • Turn power off

  • Throw a life ring

  • Call 911

  • NEVER enter the water – you could become a victim too

The 2017 National Electrical Code requires marinas and boat docks to post electric shock warning signs where electricity is used near water.