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Preventing electrical shock in pools

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Summer is almost here, which means pool weather has returned to Region 8.

The pool has always been an easy and fun escape from the heat, but along with playing in the water comes the need to take important precautions.   

Across the nation, there have been multiple reports of electrical shock leading to death so far this year.

These incidents were due to faulty light fixtures underwater.

Region 8 News spoke with John Payne, the president of Environments by Arkansas Pools and Spas, to find out what pool owners should look for before getting back in the water.

“If you have a 120 Volt light, you will not have a transformer in line with the light," Payne said. "And if you do have one, you need to have a licensed electrician check the ground fault breaker at least once a year to make sure that it remains safe.”

Checking your breaker on a yearly basis will help keep swimming in the water a fun and safe activity.

If you see someone experiencing electric shock in the water, the Consumer Product Safety Commission advises that you immediately turn off all power and call 911 before rescuing the swimmer. 

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