|Stay Safe on the Water with Advice from Safe Electricity|
For Release: May 21, 2013
Contact: Kyla Kruse, 217-546-6815
Stay Safe on the Water with Advice from Safe Electricity, “Prevent Deadly Shocks. Check Your Boats and Docks.”
(Springfield, Ill.) -If you own a boat or dock, take steps now to help prevent a tragedy. In observance of National Safe Boating Week May 18-24, Safe Electricity advises, “Prevent deadly shocks. Check your boats and docks.”
July 2012 saw some horrific fatal accidents. A 26-year-old woman was swimming in the Lake of the Ozarks and was electrocuted when she touched an energized dock ladder. Also at Lake of the Ozarks, a 13-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother received fatal electrical shocks while swimming near a private dock; officials cited an improperly grounded circuit as the cause. In Tennessee, two boys, ages 10 and 11, lost their lives while swimming between house boats on Cherokee Lake, a result of on-board generator current apparently entering the water through frayed wires beneath the boat.
An important step in preventing such tragedies is to ensure proper installation and maintenance of boat and dock electrical equipment. Molly Hall, executive director of Safe Electricity advises, “Take the time to inspect all of the electrical systems on or near the water. You wouldn’t put your boat in the lake with a leak in it, so make sure all other aspects of the boat and its operations are safe.”
Safe Electricity in conjunction with the American Boat and Yacht Council and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers/National Electrical Contractors Association recommend that:
Safe Electricity reminds all swimmers that if they feel a tingle, avoid metal ladders and objects, and get out of the water as soon as possible—the best and quickest way you can. When boating or fishing, be aware of your surroundings and potential overhead electrical hazards. Keep at least 10 feet between your boat and nearby power lines.
When it comes to your boat’s electrical system, particularly those with alternating current (AC) systems, follow these tips:
“Prevent deadly shocks. Check your boats and docks.” Learn more at SafeElectricity.org and www.abycinc.org.
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