When you're enjoying your outdoor pool parties during the summer, you don't want to have to think about safety and electricity. However, as soon as an accident happens, you'll probably never be able to stop thinking about it. Fortunately, you will be able to keep your friends and family safe from these electrical hazards even when you are all surrounded by water in the context of a pool party.
Thunderstorms and Pool Parties Don't Mix
Who doesn't take pride in the fact that they can keep on partying regardless of the weather outside? Sadly, this isn't a virtue when it comes to thunder and lightning storms. There's no negotiating in this instance: if your guests are still in the pool and there's a risk of thunder or lightning, they need to come inside.
Once inside, they should stay away from the windows. You should also unplug the appliances and electrical devices, or you're risking a power surge that could damage the appliances at best or cause fires at worst. You may not have to send everyone home in this instance, but the party is definitely going to have to change.
Water and Power Cords Must Be Kept Separate
Some people let their guards down too much when they're actually in the pool. You shouldn't be using electrical appliances when you're actually in the pool, such as with operating a radio. Electrical outlets and power cords need to be kept away from the pool as well, or you're raising the risk of an electrical incident for everyone involved.
The summertime is a popular time for home improvements. If this is your case, you may have a lot of extension cords that are plugged in as well as power tools lying around. You will need to pack everything up before your pool party starts. This will become even more important if any of your guests are coming with kids. You can't always trust kids to obey these kinds of rules, and their curiosity can get the better of them.
Be Careful With Night Lighting
You might have a pool party or a hot tub party that continues into the night. If that's the case, you have to make sure that your lighting fixtures and the power outlets are not near your water source, or you're increasing the odds that an accident will happen. There are plenty of safer, battery-powered or solar operated lights that you can use instead.
Pool parties can and should be safe and fun. As long as you take the right precautions, you can easily prevent the disasters related to electricity. If you frequently throw parties and for more about this topic, ask your electrician how they can improve the lighting and electrical system for your backyard and keep it safe as well.