Taking a swim soon? Electric shock drowning severely injures and kills people every year.
Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) severely injures and kills people every year. ESD occurs when faulty wiring sends electric current into water, which passes through the body and causes paralysis, which could ultimately result in drowning.
How to Avoid Electric Shock Drowning
Locate and label all power switches to pool, hot tub, spa equipment, and lighting
Make sure all pools, hot tubs, and spas are at least 25 feet from powerlines
All wiring and repairs should be performed by a qualified electrician
Have a qualified electrician inspect your pool, spa, or hot tub annually
Install GFCIs , which can prevent electrocution, on all receptacles within 20 feet of water’s edge
What to do if you see Electric Shock Drowning
Do not enter the water
Turn off source of power
Use an insulated device (such as fiberglass rescue crook) to attempt to remove victim from water