Hot Tub Electrical Safety Guide

There’s nothing quite like slipping into a bubbling hot tub at the end of a long day. If you’re considering installing one in your backyard, you might be tempted to take a DIY approach. When it comes to anything that involves both water and electricity, it’s best to leave the project to the professionals. While the installation process may seem like no big deal, one wrong move could result in disaster. Even after your hot tub is installed, precautions must be taken to avoid injuries. Keep these tips in mind each time you head out for a soak:

Install GFCIs Outside

Ground fault circuit interrupters, also known as GFCIs, are devices that are designed to prevent electrical shocks and fires. Any appliance with shock hazard potential can benefit from the installation of GFCIs. Portable versions can be used around your hot tub, helping to increase electrical safety and minimize the odds of injury.

Ground All Electrical Equipment

Grounding is when an electrical wire is fed into the ground via an electrical panel. This allows the cable to safely distribute excess electricity into the ground. This effectively stops the current from travelling. Your hot tub should be grounded, as should any electrical equipment located nearby. Even the cleaning equipment you use to maintain your hot tub should be grounded before use.

Keep Electrical Devices, Cords Away from Water 

While this tip might sound like common sense, you’d be surprised at the number of people who disregard this advice each year. In the relaxation of your hot tub, it’s easy to forget the potential risks associated with water and electronics. Whether you’re planning to install a powerful sound system or just want to hook up a projector nearby for an aquatic movie night, be sure to keep all electrical devices and cords at least 10 feet from the water – more if you can help it.

Skip the Hot Tub in Inclement Weather

Thunderstorms can be perilous for anyone in a hot tub. If there’s a storm on the horizon, skip your hot tub session for the day. Getting into water before, during, or immediately after a storm is incredibly dangerous.

Stay Safe with Jason Pope Electrical

If you’re considering adding a hot tub to your property, the team at Jason Pope Electrical can help. Contact our team to explore your options for staying safe in the water!

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