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Florida Dunks Residential Swimming Pool Safety

On June 9, 2009, the Florida Building Commission voted down a motion to reverse a previous decision exempting the requirement for GFCIs on residential swimming pools.  NEMA supported by a local electrical contractor provided testimony to support the reversal of the earlier decision.  But representatives from the Florida Swimming Pool Association were able to rebut this testimony citing increased costs to consumers and claiming no additional benefit.  Further, they provided erroneous information, suggesting that GFCIs would cause false tripping of pool pumps, which would be a health issue as pool water would not be circulating.  Without a requirement for GFCI protection on swimming pools for one- and two-family dwellings, the citizens of Florida will bear an increased risk of electrical shock whenever they decide to take a dip.

Posted 11-11-2009 12:11 PM by Baclawski, Vince

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