New partnership raising awareness on electrical shock drowning

New partnership raising awareness on electrical shock drowning

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A new partnership to raise awareness on the dangers of electrical shock drowning (ESD) has been created in Kentucky.

The Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction (HBC) has teamed up with Kentucky State Parks and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to make boaters aware of the dangers of ESD.

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Kentucky Conservation Officers caution boaters and swimmers each summer about the potential dangers associated with swimming near marinas where electricity is present.

The Electrical Shock Drowning Prevention Association reports approximately 13 percent of the boats tested were leaking potentially lethal amount of electrical (AC) current into the water. There were 48 fatalities associated with recreational activities on Kentucky waters last year.

Expert speakers will be presenting 15-minute seminars on the main stage at the Kentucky Sport, Boat & Recreation Show this weekend at Rupp Arena, Heritage Hall and Lexington Convention Center.

Saturday, Feb. 9:

  • At 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., Alan Manche from Schneider Electric will present Dock, Dock, Goose Electrical Safety for You & Your Kids on Residential Docks.

Sunday, Feb. 10:

  • At 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Mike Shannon from Bluegrass Safety Services will present a seminar entitled Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI): The Electrical Life Guard.

An educational booth will be located on the lower level in Heritage Hall, across from the Fishing Simulators room.

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