Swimming pool safety is crucial on the Gold Coast, so you should make certain that your swimming pool area is safe to make sure that no one gets injured. Pool Fencing is an important part, and if you need to have one put in or upgrade, please give Absolut a call on 1300 937 902 but remember, creating a safe area is not simple, and is a lot more than just installing a swimming pool fence. That is why today Absolut would like to talk to you about shock and electrocution risks in your pool, and how you can stay safe.
We should all be very aware that electricity and water does not mix very well for people in the water! When in the bath or shower, we know not to use electronics, and this care should be had for the swimming pool. This, at its most simple level, means not using any electronics, and keeping all of them at a safe distance– such as, if you are having a birthday party outside, do not put the radio or speakers in the swimming pool area.
We strongly recommend that you take further precautions and any electric devices, including outside entertainment equipment, should be plugged into safe electronic outlets, like Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (known as GFCI) you can find these at the majority of electronic stores– just ask for a waterproof power board and cables and these people should guide you in the best direction. These steps will make sure that if anything happens with the water the circuit will be broken and there will be no swimming pool shock or electrocution threat.
Should you swim in the middle of a thunderstorm?
As a recent article put it
“About 10 people die each year from lightning strikes in Australia, with a further 100 injured. That means it’s more likely you will be hit by lightning in your lifetime than win the lottery.”
Most public pool function with a ’30-30 rule’– 30 seconds unsafe, 30 minutes until safety. This means that when there is less than 30 seconds between the Lightning flash and the Thunder roar then the lightning is near and you must not be in the pool. You will then know it is safe if you wait a minimum of 30 minutes from the last 30-second-close Lightning strike. If you really want to check the distance of thunder and lightning in Australia then the Beureu of Meterology has a thunderstorm tracker which can help show you approximately how close the lightning strikes are, and what path it may be traveling.
You can always consult with Absolut Pool Fencing on 1300 937 902 for all of your swimming pool safety and pool fencing concerns