Boaters: Wayman reminds you to stay safe on the water this summer. It’s never a good idea to swim near electrically powered equipment. Unknowingly, many swimmers and boat operators place themselves in the face of danger by swimming near electric-powered boats and docks. This innocent act of fun can turn tragic as electric shock drowning occurs each year. Help prevent electric shock drowning or other electrical injuries with these tips from ESFI:
- Don’t allow anyone to swim near docks or boats.
- If you feel a tingle while swimming, the water may be electrified. Get out of the water as soon as possible avoiding the use of metal objects such as ladders.
- Never use cords that are frayed or damaged or that have had the prongs removed or altered.
- Have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters installed on your boat. Test them once a month.
- Consider having Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupters installed on boats to protect nearby swimmers from potential electricity leakage into water surrounding your boat.
- Have your boat’s electrical system inspected and upgraded by a certified marine electrician regularly.
Take a look around before you dive in; remember: Safety Always!