When you see an open body of water, you probably do not think about any dangers around you. The first thing you think about, especially as a kid, is jumping into that water and cooling off.
One of the biggest dangers that surrounds fresh water and jumping into it blindly is electrical shock. Most people do not think about being electrocuted when they run down the ramp into that body of fresh water, but it is a danger that does exist and one that needs to be explored.
Electric Shock Drowning is not a stranger to the world, but it is a present danger, especially around marinas where boats dock themselves and electrical cords run amok. Electric Shock Drowning occurs when an electric cord or other electric device emits a voltage into the nearby water. This can happen when a boat's electrical cord drops into the water while an electrical current is running through it. Another way that Electric Shock Drowning occurs is when there is an electrical fault on the boat itself. The electrical fault will then carry into the water and electrocute those around it.
Preventing Electric Shock Drowning
Since Electric Shock Drowning is not widely thought of by most people, it can be hard to prevent it. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from ESD is to avoid swimming in boat marinas or near boats that are in the water. If you do notice any odd sensations in the water, such as tingling, you should move away as quickly as possible to avoid the risk of electrocution.
If you own a boat, you should have your boat inspected regularly to ensure that there are no faults in your boat's wiring, which could lead to electricity being leaked into the water. Faulty wires include wires that are unraveling or are loose at the ends.
Lastly, if you dock your boat at a marina, make sure that the plugs you are using are inspected and up to date to meet all codes. Any electrical plugs that are not up to date should be avoided to prevent any injury.
Preventing Future Injuries or Death
The American Boat and Yacht Council, as of 2010, requires that all boats have an Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupter installed on board. If you have a boat, you should look to make sure you have one installed, and if you don't, consider having one installed on the boat by a professional electrical contractor.
In addition, if anyone needs to enter the water around a boat, the power supply to the boat should be turned off to prevent any accidents in the event electricity is flowing into the water.
Boating and swimming safety play important roles in preventing Electric Shock Drowning. Be cautious and avoid swimming around boats to protect yourself and your family.
Contact a service like Williams Electric Supply for more information.