Every July, our great nation comes together to celebrate life, liberty, and freedom. The best way to enjoy such privileges is by grilling outdoors, swimming in the sunlight, and launching fireworks into the starry skies – Happy July 4th!
But what happens when a celebration turns to a tragedy? Disaster is only one misstep away at most Fourth of July festivities, due to the frequent appearances of gasoline, hot coals, open flames, explosives, large bodies of water, and of course, alcohol.
Be Safe this year, with these tips from your electric safety resource: Harris Power in Yorktown, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Smithfield, Carrolton, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Poquoson, Lanexa, Toano and beyond.
Everyone knows to exercise caution around hot grills, lit rockets, and open flames, but a very real danger lurks beneath the waves at your next seaside barbecue, and you may have never heard of it. ESD, or Electric Shock Drowning, is an elusive and mysterious predator, one that strikes when least expected.
ESD usually occurs at a marina, or dockside event, whether in salt or freshwater. Marinas are corrosive environments, meaning that the electrical elements are eaten away over time, irrevocably damaged. When this happens, either to a dockside electrical system or any of the equipment connected to it, electricity leaks into the water with calamitous results.
Possible repercussions depend upon the amount of electricity leaked, the size of the people in the water, and their proximity to the power source. Injuries range from a harmless, light tingling sensation to death. Some people are not affected, while others may be struck with paralysis – a condition which becomes when the victim is unable to tread water, call for help, or swim to safety.
Marinas are in a unique position of not always having a jurisdictionary authority governing over them, meaning that preventative measures are not always taken when they should be. A ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is a device made to detect leakages and shut off all power. Implementation and maintenance of such a device might save many lives – check with your local party pier before the 4th, and enjoy your holiday with a light heart.
And of course, what kind of power solutions company would we be if we didn’t cover fireworks? Each July, 240 people end up in the emergency room DAILY, for fireworks-related injuries, and of all of those types of injuries in July 2013, a whopping 41% were a result of SPARKLERS. Think twice before handing those lighted matches to your child.
A few precautions can ease the dangers significantly:
- ALWAYS use eye protection
- ALWAYS use fireworks outside
- NEVER relight a firework
- ONLY light one firework at a time
- Pets should be inside, kids at a safe distance
- Once lit, set down the firework and get to a safe distance
- Keep a bucket of water handy, and douse all fireworks (lit and unlit) when finished
Thanks for checking out our tips for a safe Independence Day! Keep it safe, keep it smart, and keep it classy, Hampton Roads.
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