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Avoiding Potential Shock Hazards In Your Marina

As the summer months begin to approach, marinas will begin to see an influx of people looking to enjoy the weather out on the water.  To make sure things remain safe and enjoyable for the equipment and boats at your marina as well as your marina patrons and employees, it’s always a good idea to run regular audits and inspections of your equipment, especially the equipment most prone to electrical safety hazards.

As marinas are located by the water, the electrical equipment at both freshwater and salt water marinas alike are prone to water exposure, excess moisture, salt, and various other environmental elements that can cause damage to the equipment over time. Whether it is a wire that becomes eroded and exposed, disconnected, insulation that deteriorates, or any of the multitude of other potential situations, improperly maintained electrical equipment can lead to equipment damage, injury and in some cases even death. The best course of action for marina owners to take is a combination of preventative retrofitting and a maintenance schedule that includes regular inspections.

Retrofitting the most vulnerable pieces of equipment can often times be fairly less expensive than entirely replacing equipment and will usually resolve any of the potential security risks that may exist.  For example, installing a ground fault circuit interrupter, or a GFCI on your power pedestals is an excellent way to greatly reduce the risk of electric shock by shutting off electrical power to the device when it detects current flowing in a way it is not meant to, like through water or a person. In addition you should have all equipment thermal scanned and replace any wiring or components that may be giving off excess heat.

In addition to periodically retrofitting any equipment that you may need to, conducting regular inspections and maintenance of your electrical equipment is not only suggested for the health and longevity of the equipment, but it’s also required under National Fire Protection Association Standards for Marinas and Yacht Clubs.  Among various other inspections dependent upon the equipment used and marina size, things like regular thermal scanning, inspection for frayed conductors or loose electrical connections, and general visual inspections, can help to prevent potential safety hazards, electric shocks and damage to boats or equipment.

To learn more about the retrofitting, inspections, maintenance or any of the other marina electrical services offered by Tess Electrical, please feel free to reach out to one of our experienced marina electricians here.

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