For our last installment of National Electrical Safety Month, we would like to share a little bit about City Light’s own focus on safety and how it has evolved over the years. In 2010 and 2015, City Light experienced multiple safety incidents involving employees and the community. These incidents created a wake-up call within the utility, leading to actions built on innovation, agency, and listening. In April 2018, City Light’s dedication to improving its safety culture was featured in Northwest Public Power Association’s Bulletin magazine.
Faulty wiring in and around your home can have dangerous consequences. When it comes into contact with water, it can become deadly. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI), Electric Shock Drowning occurs when faulty wiring sends an electric current into the water. If someone is in the water, like inside a swimming pool, the current passes through the body, causing paralysis which could lead to drowning.
Here are a few tips on how to avoid electric shock drowning:
- Locate and label all power switches to the pool, hot tub, spa equipment & lighting
- Keep pools, hot tubs & spas 25 feet away from power lines
- Hire a qualified electrician for wiring and repair work as well as annual inspections
- Install Ground Fault Circuit Interpreters (commonly known as GFCI switches) on receptacles within 20 feet of water’s edge
EFSI recommends that if you see someone affected by Electric Shock Drowning, turn off the power sources and call 911. Do not enter the water.