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Old 04-20-2017, 11:02 AM   #1
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VERY sad story.

Father lost his Daughter because of a light switch on his dock which got water in it. It shorted and electrified the nearby water and killed his Daughter.

Anyone with a dock or boat house with electricity in or near it needs to have GFI, ground faulty interrupter circuit breakers and inspect their wiring. Best to have a qualified electrician check it too.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/parents-...-tragic-death/
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Seen a few stories like that from last year as well. Very sad.

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Yeah, there are so MANY ways to die that you would never expect to happen to someone.

Makes sense to have GFI's on docks and near water but I can imagine millions of people have old school fuses and breakers for power going there.
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Some of the lakes/other bodies of water have had such a history of similar incidents that they put out summaries of the NEC requirements similar to this one.
https://www.ameren.com/-/media/misso...quirements.pdf

Boat dock electrical is something best left to the pros.

Edit: The other thing that scares me is water pumps, particularly larger ones. Even with the pump on shore, metallic pipes can conduct electricity into the water. When have a lot of agricultural pumps pulling water from lakes and rivers. It's best to stay away from them.

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