Real-World Examples of Why Electricity and Water Don't Mix

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There’s no doubt that more careful inspection and stringent maintenance/testing of bonding and grounding systems near or in bodies of water are crucial for the everyday safety of swimmers and those working in environments around water that could become electrified and pose a safety risk. Corrosion and deteriorated bonding and grounding connections often expose swimmers to shock and electrocution hazards. Many times, these faulty connections can be traced back to the use and installation of non-listed connectors and poor workmanship, which ultimately lead to a breakdown in the overall protective system.

So whether it’s a pool repairman’s electrocution, a town being forced to close its pools after shock incidents are reported, or unsuspecting boaters or home owners receiving fatal electric shocks in or around water, the content in this e-book takes readers through National Electrical Code revisions that affect these type of scenarios, presents the electrical theory behind the requirements, and allows electrical professionals to make more informed decisions about whether they are doing enough to protect the public from harm.

Pool Shock Peril Resurfaces

The Case of the Houseboat Electrocution

Electricity and Water: A Volatile Mix

The Case of the Do-It-Yourself Home Electrocution

Mike Eby
Senior Director of Content, EC&M

Mike Eby oversees the editorial teams of the Buildings Group at Informa. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1986 and an M.S. degree in engineering management in 1994 from the University of South Florida. Early in his career, Mike held various engineering titles within the Substation and Transmission Engineering Groups at Florida Power & Light Co., Juno Beach, FL. Prior to joining EC&M as Editor-in-Chief in September 1999, Mike served for five years as the Executive Editor of Transmission & Distribution World magazine. He is currently a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE).

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