Electrical Safety and Spring Activities

May 1st, 2019 by Dan Ulhorn, Safety and Training Coordinator

It’s that time of year to start fishing and boating. Macon Lake, Long Branch, Thomas Hill, and all of your local ponds are great spots to do this type of activity. You will probably be around boats docks. Electricity and water don’t mix, so here are some tips to stay safe.

  • Always be aware of power lines when boating or fishing. Be sure to keep at least 10 feet distance between your boat and power lines.
  • If your boat comes in contact with a power line, do not jump into the water!! The water could be energized and dangerous. Remain calm and stay in the boat, but do not touch anything metal until help arrives and the boat is no longer in contact with the line.
  • If your boat’s wiring in not in compliance with American Yacht Club Standards, hire a professional to get to get your boat’s electrical system in compliance.
  • Check that your dockside outlets have GFCIs, and that any cords plugged into the outlets are in good condition without any exposed wires or broken casing.

Following these simple tips is as easy as remembering to wear your sunscreen! Happy boating!




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