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NFPA Journal talks about electrical safety for swimming pools

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jul 22, 2014

B2EFB4D9C97249B387A22F48A118C58D.ashxLast August, a Texas man swimming a in Houston-area hotel pool noticed a child in distress in the deep end. He swam to the child and helped him safely out ot the water but could not get out of the pool on his own. When rescuers pulled him out, he went into cardiac arrest and died six days later, a victim of electrocution. The City of Houston and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation determined that shoddy electrical work performed by licensed electricians resulted in the pool being electrically unsafe.

That was not an isolated incident, says Jeff Sargent in his column “Pool Rules” in the latest issue of NFPA Journal. However, it might have been prevented if the electricians had complied with the requirements of Article 680 in the National Electrical Code® (NEC®).

 For more information on the requirements for electrical installations in swimming pools, read Jeff’s column or consult the NEC itself.

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