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May 20, 2003

Albany -- If you own a swimming pool, hot tub, or spa, watch out for electrocution hazards. With Memorial Day this weekend, many South Georgians will be hitting the water to open the summer season.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that there have been 60 deaths and 50 serious shocks from electrical hazards in and around pools. Faulty underwater lights, sump pumps, power washers, or vacuums can be deadly.

 Bobby Hinman of Hinman Pool and Patio said "You want to check your light once a month, just religiously. That's the thing you ought to do, when you look at your pool equipment or spa equipment, that you test the ground fault interrupter on it."

Other hazards to watch out for, using electrical appliances like radios or televisions around pools, that could fall into the water.

Use a ground fault circuit interrupter on those devices to prevent electrocutions.

posted at 4:26 by jimw@walb.com