NEWARK, NJ — As the weather gets warmer and people prepare swimming pools, sprinkler systems and other summer activities, PSE&G reminds customers to pay attention to common hazards that could cause electrocution. May is National Electrical Safety Month.
“Safety is always our top priority. We hope people enjoy all of the comforts and convenience of PSE&G electricity while avoiding potential hazards,” said Jack Bridges, PSE&G vice president of electric operations. “This is the perfect time of year to perform routine checks in homes and businesses to prevent electrical shocks, injuries and fires.”
Created by the Electrical Safety Foundation International, this year’s safety month theme is “Understand the Code that Keeps Us Safe,” which promotes the importance of the National Electrical Code and offers tips for preventing common tragedies such as electric shock drowning. Every year, people suffer paralysis and then drown after getting in pools, hot tubs or other water sources that carry electric current from faulty wiring.
To avoid electric shock drowning: locate and label all power switches to pool, hot tub, spa equipment and lighting; make sure all pools, hot tubs and spas are at least 25 feet from power lines; ensure all wiring work and repairs are performed by a qualified electrician; have a qualified electrician inspect your pool, spa or hot tub annually; and install ground-fault circuit interrupters, which can prevent electrocution, on all receptacles within 20 feet of water’s edge.
If you see electric shock drowning: do not enter or touch the water; turn off source of power; call 9-1-1; and only try to attempt to remove the victim from the water if you have a properly insulated device, such as a fiberglass rescue crook.