Electricity & Pools, Spas & Hot Tubs

All pools and spas should be built and installed in compliance with the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code which requires compliance with the National Electrical Code. APSP encourages inspection, detection, and correction of electrical hazards in and around swimming pools, hot tubs and spas.

Proper maintenance and upkeep is critical, especially for older pools and spas and equipment, which not only exhibit the effects of age but also were not built to modern standards.  Older pools can pose a higher risk of exposure to stray current (regardless of its source) just due to wear and tear of existing equipment that may have not been inspected in years.  Aging electrical wiring, damaged underwater lighting in light niches, sump pumps and vacuums that are not grounded, and lack of proper equipotential bonding are all concerns. All of these hazards present an even greater risk if the lighting, circuits, and nearby receptacles are not protected by proper Class A Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupters (GFCIs) – one of the best safety devices to help prevent electrocution. All of these issues can be evaluated and addressed by a qualified and trained industry professional. In some states, licensure is required to do such electric work. To find an APSP professional near you, visit APSP.org/MemberLocator.

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