Prevent Pool Electrocution

Summer time isn't restricted to concerns about the West Nile virus. The increased use of swimming pools not only means a greater risk of drowning but the risks of other types of pool-related accidents as well.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Red Cross together are recommending electrical inspections for all public and private pools, especially older pools. Hopefully, inspections and repairs will protect swimmers from being electrocuted by faulty underwater or poolside wiring.

Our Comment: Don't forget the importance of other pool safety measures (including a good fence around all four sides of the pool, etc.).

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Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com