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Are you aware that a swimming pool can electrocute you?

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Your swimming pool could be harboring a silent but deadly risk: unseen electrical currents that can endanger lives. This danger often arises from improper installations, maintenance oversights or negligence. The lack of warning signs highlights the importance of continued inspections and awareness.

The hidden dangers of swimming pools

Most swimming pool accidents occur due to slippery floor surfaces, unsafe diving practices, lack of supervision or design violations. However, the threat of electrocution is there. While it may be less apparent, it is equally dangerous.

Swimmers may not know something is wrong until they are electrocuted after touching a metal ladder or railing. Because an electrified swimming pool appears as other pools do, you may not see, feel or hear anything that indicates danger. However, electrical currents in the water can turn a leisurely swim into a tragic accident.

Unfortunately, the risks of electrocution or electric shock drowning (ESD) are not as widely known as they should be. To prevent accidents, it is crucial to be aware of the factors that may contribute to an electrified swimming pool:

  1. Faulty electrical wiring
  2. Lack of ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) protection
  3. Presence of electrical appliances near the water

Taking steps such as hiring a certified electrician to inspect your pool regularly may help uncover shocking hazards. It may also help to pay extra attention anytime someone is in or near your pool and to keep any corded electronics far from the water.

Who is liable for swimming pool electrocution?

As the owner, you must ensure your pool is safe. Failure to address hazards may result in devastating outcomes. Electrocution can lead to life-changing injuries or even death.

If a guest suffers electrocution in your pool, they could hold you liable for their damages. However, liability may extend to product manufacturers or negligent contractors if they contributed to the accident.

Electrocution in residential swimming pools can occur silently. If such a tragic accident occurs in yours, consider speaking to a personal injury attorney for legal guidance.