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DNR offers tips on how to prevent electric shock drowning

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MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU)--Did you know that you can be electrocuted by entering the water near a boat or dock powered by electricity?

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding people how to prevent Electric Shock Drowning (ESD).

The DNR has a few tips on how to prevent ESD:

  • Do not enter water near a marina or dock.
  • Turn off the shore power connection and/or disconnect power cord from pedestal.
  • If you feel a tingling sensation, get out of the water and report it to staff.
  • Notify the harbormaster of any electrical safety hazards so they can be fixed.
  • Pets are also impacted by ESD. Do not allow your pet to enter the water.

The DNR has a few tips for boaters on how to prevent ESD:

  • Have a qualified marine electrician: Install an Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupter (ELCI) on your boat or use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) in the shore power cord and perform an annual inspection of your boat’s electrical system.
  • Test GFCI and ELCI protection as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Use power cords that are in good condition and properly rated. Do not use common household extension cords.

If you think someone has been shocked, the DNR says to:

  • Throw in a life ring or other floatation device.
  • Never enter the water. You could become a victim too!
  • Turn off the shore power connection and disconnect power cord from pedestal.
  • Call for help. Use 911 or VHF Channel 16 (as appropriate).

For more information on ESD, CLICK HERE.

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