Children at Risk of Electric Shock in Water
When temperatures soar, kids want to get out in the water to stay cool and have fun. Swimming pools, lakes, and docks are common places frequented by kids in the summer trying to have a good time. We know a fair amount about the dangers of drowning or boat accidents, but one little known danger from what is that of electric shocks.
Whether it’s from a metal railing, a lightning strike, or some other source of electricity, the risk of electric shock is real.
Always exercise caution when in and around water that could be exposed to electricity. In a terrifying incident last year in Florida, three children suffered electric shocks when they touched a metal rail at a swimming pool, the Daily Mail reported. Metal pool railings and ladders can often serve as conductors of electricity, making them harmful to touch. The children were temporarily paralyzed in the water. Investigators of this incident say that it occurred due to faulty electrical wiring that came in contact with the metal railing, allowing it to conduct an electrical current with a high voltage.
Other incidents occurred in lakes across our nation in Missouri and in Tennessee, resulting in the deaths of four children. For more information on these incidents, see the ABC news article.
Incidents like this can happen just about anywhere. Marinas often have power outlets on their docks for people to use to plug into their boats, so swimming off of docks here should be done with extra caution and awareness of the risks.
This summer if you or your kids go swimming, make sure there are no electrical cords near water, and also have pool wiring checked before the summer season hits. These types of incidents are very dangerous and can be lethal. Here are some steps that can be taken to improve your safety this summer.
Four steps to avoid electric shock:
1) Have pools checked at the start of the season for stray wires and other electrical issues.
2) Don’t swim during thunderstorms.
3) Have docks checked regularly by electricians to ensure safety.
4) If wires are seen dangling in water, avoid them and get out immediately.
5) Don’t swim around boats in marinas.
If you or anyone you know has been injured due to an electric shock in a pool, see a medical doctor for a check-up, and consider contacting an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers are able to answer your legal questions and help you out. Give our office a call at 757-455-0077, or find us on the web at www.CooperHurley.com. When it really counts, count on Cooper Hurley.