Summer is a time of fun and play, especially if you have a pool, hot tub or Jacuzzi. However, that summer fun can turn dangerous extremely fast when water and electricity come together. Following electricity safety guidelines when wiring and operating these systems is crucial for the safety of yourself, your family and your friends.
Here are some important safety tips for wiring your pool or spa to keep your summer safe! If you’re ever unsure of how to properly and safely wire your summer water systems, please contact a professional for electrical services in New Milford, CT.
Use GFCI devices
Electrical connections made to and around water systems must be protected by something called a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) device, which will either be a GFCI outlet or circuit breaker. GFCIs monitor the electricity flowing in a circuit and will automatically shut the circuit off if there is a fault or the electrical current is interrupted. GFCIs are extremely useful near water to prevent electrocution.
A GFCI will look like a rectangular device with two places to plug devices into. There will be a line connection, which is fed from the electrical panel, and a load connection, which feeds additional outlets. The load connection acts as a main hub to protect other devices, or loads, that are connected to it.
These devices are common in and out of the house, in areas where water is present. If an outlet is within five feet of water, you should install a GFCI device. These devices are absolutely essential when working with pools, spas and Jacuzzis.
Place disconnect switches properly
If you have a pool, spa or hot tub, the system will have a service disconnect switch, which allows you to turn the power on and off. In spas and hot tubs, this switch will likely work on a timer.
The disconnect switch must be placed a minimum of five feet away from the pool, spa or hot tub, which prevents someone from being in the water and touching the switch. However, the switch must also be within 50 feet and in sight of any person in the water. This rule must be followed to prevent electrocution, but also allows for the power to be turned off quickly in case of an emergency.
Watch for power lines near pools
Installing a pool or hot tub is a delicate process in many yards due to the abundance of power lines that hang near your home. If you can, avoid placing pools and spas directly beneath power lines and telecommunication lines.
This can’t always be avoided, though, so make sure that any electrical wiring over a pool or spa is at least 22.5 feet above the water level. Diving boards must be more than 14.5 feet below these lines, as well. Telecommunication lines used for TV, telephone and speakers must be 10 feet above the diving board and water level.
Get help from a professional
Unless you have a lot of experience with wiring electrical devices, you’ll likely want to hire an electrician to do the job, especially when water is involved. If you’re in need of electrical services in New Milford, CT, call the professionals at ESI Electric LLC. Our experts will help you with all your electrical needs!
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