Pools and spas – Water & Electrical Safety
If the number one pool safety lesson we learned was to wait 30 minutes before getting in the water, the second was that water and electricity don’t mix. At Electrika, we take pools and electrical safety very seriously.
Your flotation device: The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
When you hit an object with your car, your airbag will deploy and prevent major injury. When electricity comes in contact with water, a GFCI disrupts the electrical current and prevents harm from coming to you or your loved ones.
You’ll recognize a GFCI switch by the test buttons in the middle. Those are not for decoration! It’s important to test the switch regularly – we recommend every four weeks. You’ll know the test is successful if the outlet does not work when test mode is activated.
If the test fails, or if the GFCI is 5 years old or more it is in need of replacement. It’s now possible to buy a self-testing GFCI
Proper Installation of Outdoor Electrical Devices
Even if you enjoy doing your own small jobs around the house, please leave any outdoor electrical work around your pool or spa to a licensed professional who has specialized training on handling pool electrical safety.
The first thing your Electrika installer will take care of is the bonding of your spa or pool equipment to your main grounding system. They will also ensure your grounding and bonding meets all local city and provincial code requirements to guarantee that all your GFCI protected equipment will function 100% of the time.
Knowing that your spa and pool meet the necessary electrical safety requirements means you’ll enjoy your fun in the sun even more.
Have a safe and happy summer!