BOULDER CITY – Every summer, thousands of boaters head to Lake Mead for fun. Many residents may not realize the risks of potential electrical hazards on board boats and in the waters surrounding boats, marinas, and launch ramps.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) are working together to provide resources, including marina safety tips and a checklist that details common ESD causes and prevention methods.
Boulder City Fire Department (BCFD), NFPA and ESFI are urging residents to follow these precautions on boats and the surrounding waters.
“We want all residents of Boulder City to understand the dangers of electric shock drowning (ESD),” says Greg Chesser, BCFD Deputy Fire Chief. “It can occur when faulty wiring sends an electrical current into the water, which passes through the body and causes paralysis, and ultimately results in drowning.”
Tips for swimmers:
Tips for boat owners:
For more safety tips, please visit www.nfpa.org/watersafety and www.esfi.org.