Pooling safety

Electrical work in swimming pools and other water-based locations brings its own regulations – and challenges. Graham Wretham explains how to interpret the different zones and how each of them has to be treated differently.
The scope of this special location applies to basins of swimming pools, the basins of fountains and the basins of paddling pools. The requirements also apply to the surrounding zones of these basins. Swimming pools and the like are considered to be special installations or locations because of the increased shock risk arising from the fact that a person’s body resistance is significantly reduced when wet and only partially clothed and by good contact with earth. Moreover, such locations require a higher degree of protection for equipment which is likely to be subject to water splashes or sprays.
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