San Diego, California (NAPSI) - Fun in the sun is a lot less likely to give way to an  emergency at sea if you follow a few tips on how to reduce your risk of  electric shock drowning and common boating and marina electrical hazards.

Boating and Marina Safety

• Be sure you’re familiar with your craft’s electrical  system so you can identify and correct any potential hazards.

• Don’t allow yourself or anyone else to swim near docks.  Avoid entering the water when launching or loading your boat.

• Always maintain a distance of at least 10 feet between your boat  and nearby power lines.

• If you feel a tingle while swimming, the water may be electrified.  Get out as soon as possible, avoiding the use of metal objects such as  ladders.

• Have your boat’s electrical system inspected and upgraded  regularly by a certified marine electrician.

• Have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) installed on your  boat and test them monthly.

• Consider having Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupters (ELCI)  installed to protect nearby swimmers from potential electricity leakage from  your boat into surrounding water.

• Use only shore or marine-rated power cords, plugs, receptacles and  extension cords that have been tested by Underwriters Laboratories (UL),  Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or ETL SEMKO (ETL).

• Never use cords that are frayed or damaged or that have had the  prongs removed or altered.

• Never stand or swim in water when turning off electrical devices  or switches.

Free Resources

The experts on safety at the Electrical Safety Foundation International  (ESFI) have new Boating and Marina Safety resources that include separate  illustrated tip sheets of electrical safety tips for boat operators and  marina owners, a reference guide that explains boat and marina electrical  safety devices, and a comprehensive toolkit with safety tips and additional  information on electric shock drowning. All resources are free for download  at