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Water & Electricity Dont Mix

For many, swimming and boating are synonymous with warm weather. However, there are many electrical hazards that come along with these leisurely Summer activities. Every year over 300 people are electrocuted, while thousands more experience nonfatal electrical shock and burn injuries. Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) occurs when faulty wiring sends electric current into water, which passes through the body causing paralysis, which could ultimately result in drowning. There is no visible warning to electrified water and you should never enter the water if you suspect someone has suffered from ESD. Some ways that you can avoid ESD are: Locate and label all power switches to pool, hot tub, spa equipment and lighting, do not swim in a marina or near a running boat, make sure all pools, hot tubs, and spas are at least 25 feet from power lines and all wiring and repairs should be performed by a qualified electrician. So what do you do if you see an ESD taking place? Do not enter the water and turn off any source of power. Call 911 and if possible, use an insulated device, such as a fiberglass water rescue hook, to attempt to remove the victim from the water or toss a life ring into the water. Never enter the water as you could become a victim too.

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