25007490_sSummer is a busy time of the year for buying and selling homes, or moving from one rental to another. Whether you are moving because you’ve bought a new home or, because you have outgrown your rental and need something bigger, the summer is the perfect time of year to do it.

Homes with additional features like sunrooms or swimming pools are especially interesting to home buyers and renters because of the additional recreation they offer the family. But, sometimes the home has been sitting unoccupied for a period of time, and it is important to be cautious about the electrical safety of the swimming pool. In fact, it is important to be cautious about electrical safety around a swimming pool in general.

Here are some tips that you can follow if you land in a home this summer that has a swimming pool:

  • Make sure to have a professional electrician inspect the wiring for the swimming pool lighting and other components. If the home has been unoccupied for any length of time, it is possible that critters may have nested and chewed the wiring.
  • Also, have an electrician check the outdoor electrical outlets before you use them to plug in a radio, small refrigerator, or any other electrical item you might like to have near the pool. Outdoor outlets can get corroded with dirt and debris and should be checked before use.
  • Only use extension cords for the length of time that you absolutely need them. Extension cords should not be used as permanent electricity for an appliance or item that does not reach the closets outlet. Extension cords can get tripped on or, accidently dragged if they are laid out across the patio or deck of the pool.
  • Anytime it is possible, make sure to use battery-operated items outside around the swimming pool. This significantly reduces the chances of major injury by removing electricity from the picture all together. This is especially true if you have children, who may not always understand the dangers.

Having a swimming pool at a new home can be a great way to spend time together, get some exercise, and enjoy the outdoors. But, it is important to be safe around the pool, not only from water accidents but, also electrical accidents. Follow these tips for keeping your backyard pool time safe.