Wear your lifejacket, stay hydrated, use your boat lights after dark -these precautions are heavily suggested to lake visitors around this time every year. We want to remind all of our friends of the dangers that can occur from other hazards that may get overlooked. More specifically, dock electrical safety.
While this might not seem like a widely prevalent risk, just last year around the 4th of July at the Lake of the Ozarks there were 3 deaths that resulted from electrocutions on docks. To avoid tragedy, appropriate measures must be taken and it is imperative that the electricity powering your dock has been installed properly with a functioning GFCI outlet. Make sure to test these GFCIs -especially on your first lake trip for the season. Have a grounding rod installed for added safety. A grounding rod is connected to all of the metal on the dock and gives electricity a safe path to ground, should the dock get energized.
With more and more property owners tackling DIY projects, electrical work is something to be left to the pros. It is no secret that electricity and water are not a good mix. The separation is very thin on a powered dock so don’t even risk it. The Lake of the Ozarks require permits and inspections on all electric docks in addition to the dock permit issued by Ameren. More information on the permits can be found HERE.
Enjoy the summer and prevent any accident from occurring during vacation. Have your dock inspected by qualified, licensed electricians for complete peace of mind. At Mister Sparky, we strictly adhere to, and comply with, the local and national electrical codes as dictated by the National Electrical Code (NEC), which is published by the U.S. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 70).
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