How To Prevent Electric Shock Drowning

Electrical leaks are a very common threat to those who own, operate, and frequent marinas. With so many vessels and pieces of equipment present in one place, it makes sense that accidents can and will happen. Thankfully, such scenarios can be avoided with the proper precautions. Take a moment to review these suggestions and learn more about how you can do your part to prevent the real threat of drowning caused by electric shock.

What Is ESD?

A situation like electric shock drowning occurs when there is an electrical fault on a boat. If this vessel is connected to power on the shore, the current can get into the water. Any human present in the water when the electric current leaks is at risk of being shocked and drowning. What’s more, no one can enter the water to assist out of fear of electrical shock. Avoiding this situation begins with monitoring for electrical leaks in advance. Other points to consider include:

  • Taking precautions with boat owners
  • Ensuring swimmers are away from the docks
  • Maintaining all shore equipment

Put Safety First

The key to safety when it comes to operating a marina is taking time to understand all of the possible threats before you. Review the proper steps to take with ESD and see how you can keep your facility safe for all.