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Pool-ChecklistMemorial Day is fast approaching and for many of us it’s the official first day of summer fun. We are cleaning up those BBQ’s, getting the yard ready for some cornhole and of course the ever-exciting opening of the pool! At Corrao Electric, your family's safety is our top priority. As you plan for those refreshing swims in your pool, it’s crucial to ensure everything is set up safely—especially the electrical components that make your pool enjoyable.

Why Check Your Pool's Electrical Safety?

Electricity powers our lives but needs to be handled with care, especially around water. A quick check of your pool’s electrical components can prevent hazards and ensure your summer is both fun and safe.

Easy Visual Inspection Checklist

Let’s get started with some straightforward steps to check your pool’s electrical safety:

1. Check Pool Lights

  • Look for Cracks: Examine your pool lights for any visible cracks or damage. Ensure that the seal looks intact, without any gaps.
  • Secure Fittings: Make sure all light fittings are tight and not loose. Loose fittings can let water in, which should be avoided.
  • Test Functionality: Turn on the lights and check for any flickering or irregularities, which could indicate electrical issues.

2. Test GFCI Outlets

  • Find Your GFCI Outlets: These are the outlets with "test" and "reset" buttons and are usually found near water sources.
  • Test Them: Push the "test" button. This should cut power to the outlet. Hit "reset" to turn it back on. If it doesn’t trip when tested, call us—it’s time for a professional to take a look.

3. Inspect Power Lines and Equipment

  • Scan for Visible Wires: Take a walk around your pool area and look for any wires that are hanging out or look damaged. If you see anything suspicious, don’t touch—just note where it is.
  • Look at Pool Equipment: Check your pool pump and heater. Ensure they are sitting flat and stable, and aren’t showing any signs of rust or damage.

4. General Safety Check

  • Clear the Area: Ensure there are no cords or electrical devices lying around the pool area that could fall into the water.
  • Check for Tripping Hazards: Make sure all wires are neatly tucked away to avoid accidents.

When to Call a Professional

If anything looks amiss or you’re unsure about what you’re seeing, it’s time to call in the pros. Electrical safety is important and we’re here to help ensure everything is up to standard.

Additional Pool Safety Tips

  • Educate Everyone: Make sure your family knows about electrical safety. Simple knowledge can prevent accidents.
  • Keep It Tidy: Regularly clean your pool area. A clean pool is a safer pool.
  • Opt for Battery-Powered Devices: To ensure safety around water, consider using battery-operated devices instead of those that need to be plugged in. This minimizes the risk of electrical hazards near the pool area.

You don’t need to be an electrician to keep your pool area safe from dangers. A few simple checks can go a long way in ensuring a happy, healthy summer by the pool. Remember, if you’re ever in doubt about your pool’s electrical safety, Corrao Electric is just a call away. Let’s make this pool season the safest one yet!

 

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