At Craddock Electrical we are leading the way in ensuring safety at all of middle Tennessee’s many marinas and boat docks, both public and private. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office alerts Tennesseans to be aware of the risks from electrical shocks while boating or spending time on the water this summer.
Electrical Shock Drowning (ESD) can occur when swimmers come into contact with electrical currents while in the water. To reduce ESD risks, the state of Tennessee requires inspections of over 300 public marinas and docks across the state.
Boat dock or marina operators must comply with equipment requirements preventing possible electrical shocks and electrocution. Craddock Electrical can inspect both private and public boat docks and marinas to ensure compliance with equipment requirements and set forth by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Contact us to set up an inspection or installation.
Here are some tips to help avoid Electrical Shock Drowning (ESD):
IF YOU OWN A BOAT:
- Have your boat tested once a year to see if it is leaking electricity
- Craddock electricians are trained to American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards. Let us install an Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupter (ELCI) on your craft or use an ELCI in the shore power cord.
- Test ELCI at least once a month or per the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Do not use common household extension cords for providing shore power to your boat.
- Use and encourage other boaters to use shore power cords built to UL standards.
- If you need electricity on your dock, Craddock Electrical will make sure the wiring meets the requirements. If your dock is already wired, Craddock will check that it was done properly. Because docks are exposed to the elements, their electrical systems should be inspected at least once a year.
- If you normally run a power cord from your house or garage to charge your batteries, make sure the outlet has a GFCI and include an ELCI somewhere in the shore power cord.
- Even if you adhere to all of these rules, nearby docks can still present a shock hazard. Educate your neighbors and work together with them to make the waterfront safe.
IF YOU HAVE TO RESCUE AN ESD VICTIM:
- Know how to distinguish drowning from ESD. Tingling, numbness, and pain all indicate ESD. Fight the instinct to enter the water. Many rescuers have died trying to help ESD victims.
- Call for help. Use 911 or VHF Channel 16 as appropriate.
- Turn off the shore power connection at the meter base and/or unplug shore power cords.
- Get the victim out of the water. Remember to reach, throw, row, but don’t go.
- If the person is not breathing or you cannot find a pulse, perform CPR until the local fire department or emergency responders arrive.