Pool Electricity Safety Tips
August 04, 2022 BACK TO NEWS

For many of us water activities include fun with family and friends but we all need to remember that there are hazards as well. Water and electricity don't mix!

  • All outdoor outlets should have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). This is especially important around pools, hot tubs and spas. They should have weatherproof covers to prevent moisture from getting in and be tested monthly.
  • If you are installing a new pool, hot tub or spa, be sure to use qualified licenced electrical contractors for any electrical requirements.
  • All electrical appliances, equipment and cords should be kept away from the water. When possible, use battery operated items.
  • Avoid handling any electrical devices when you are wet.
  • Make sure overhead lines are at the proper distance from your pool. If you are unsure, contact a qualified electrician or NPEI to make sure.
  • Do not swim during a thunderstorm
  • Perform regular maintenance and inspections on all electrical equipment and replace/upgrade where necessary.

To see our Pool Safety Clearances Brochure click here.

Know the Risks

When skin is wet or when surrounding surfaces (grass or pool deck) are wet this greatly increases the chance of electrical shock or electrocution when electricity is present.

Signs of Electrical Shock

You may feel a tingling sensation, may experience muscle cramps, may not be able to move or feel as if something is holding you in place.


If you think someone in the water is being shocked turn off all power but do not attempt to get in to the water.

Use a rescue device that does not conduct electricity to help the swimmer and call 911.

If you think you are being shocked try to move away from the source of the shock and if able, get out of the water immediately. Let others around you know there is a problem and have the power turned off.

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