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July 3, 2024

Is your Public Pool Safe?

Here is everything you need to know about GFCIs (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) and pool safety to keep you and your family safely swimming this summer!

The National Electric Code requires that all swimming pool pumps be connected to a GFCI breaker. If any part of the pool lighting system fails, the GFCI detects when electrical current strays from its intended path (such as through a person) and promptly cuts off power to prevent the transmission of fatal currents.

For your information, these are the requirements for GFCIs in pools:

  • Receptacles for pumps and motors must be located between 6 and 10 feet from the pool walls, and they must be GFCI-protected and locked.
  • Outlet receptacles for general use can be no closer than 20 feet from a pool or in-ground spa if they are not GFCI-protected, and no closer than 6 feet away if they are GFCI protected.
  • On in-ground pools, there MUST be at least one GFCI protected convenience outlet located between 6 feet and 20 feet from the edge of the pool.

Talk to your town or pool manager and ask when it was last tested. Most public pools test often or at least at the start of each season. Remember, GFCIs are required by law and are there to protect you!

If you have specific questions, contact us, and we’ll be happy to assist you!

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