A pool that doesn’t meet electrical safety standards can lead to problems. Also, a safe installation increases the value of your property. Be sure to respect the approach distances in order to avoid accidents and inconveniences.
WHEN YOU NEED TO ESTIMATE THE DISTANCE TO A LINE, EYEBALL IT, DON’T USE A MEASURING INSTRUMENT! If you estimate by eye that the distance is close to the minimum required, never try to measure it more accurately by placing an instrument near the line. NEVER PLACE A TAPE MEASURE OR ANYTHING ELSE WITHIN 3 M OF A MEDIUM-VOLTAGE LINE.
If, after reading this page, YOU STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND THE REQUIREMENTS OR ARE UNSURE ABOUT ANYTHING, CALL HYDRO-QUÉBEC BEFORE STARTING WORK. A REPRESENTATIVE CAN HELP CLARIFY THE SITUATION.
Use this checklist to see whether your pool or spa has been installed in accordance with electrical safety standards. In case of doubt, ask Hydro-Québec to check it for compliance.
Everyday safety tips
Water and electricity are a deadly combination!
- To be safe, have a master electrician do all the electrical work on your pool.
- Make sure you have a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet on the wall of the house facing the pool.
- Make sure the filtration system’s power cord is in good condition.
- Make sure the plug’s round grounding prong is straight.
- Make sure you’re the pool or spa’s electrical lighting system meets current standards.
- Long-handled pool accessories—even wooden ones—can lead to severe electric shock if they’re used too close to power lines. Opt for a leaf skimmer with a nonconducting fibreglass handle. It could save your life!