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Electrical Safety Tips for Boat Owners and Swimmers

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word summer? Does swimming and boating come to mind? It sure does for us. Well, as the weather warms up and we spend more time in or around the water, there are lots of safety hazards that come into play. See below and make sure you’re careful in order to have a fun and safe summer:

  1. Be careful where you swim – electrical current can flow from boats or the marina’s wiring into the water which can potentially put anyone in the water at risk. Avoid swimming near the marina or launch ramp to avoid serious injury.
  2. Test before you operate – just like with anything else electrical, it’s vital to test your boat before you put it to use. Have it inspected annually and make sure you test GFCI & ELCI outlets each month to make sure they’re working properly.
  3. Arm yourself with the right tools for the job – never use household or indoor electrical cords on or near the water. USe only portable GFCI or shore power cords that are intended for marine use.
  4. Become familiar with your surroundings – this includes both on the boat and off. Know where the main breaker is located and always check nearby power lines before you head away from the dock.
  5. Make sure your boat is up-to-date – with all current electrical codes, that is. Have the electrical system inspected regularly.

The most important part about enjoying the summer is being safe while you have fun. Be sure to follow the tips above and remember, when you need electrical service in your Rochester home, you can always count on the experts at Lon Lockwood Electric!