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Marinas, lakes and ponds

ESD and marinas

When it comes to marinas, both saltwater and freshwater, corrosive environments can be very tough on electrical equipment. Many marinas often lack ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), devices that automatically shut off electrical power when they detect a leakage. Compounding the problem is that there are no consistent rules about recurring safety inspections.

The following codes and standards apply to boats and marinas and their related electrical safety issues: 



Casey Grant, P.E., executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, discusses the key findings of the August 2017 “Marina Risk Reduction” report that underscore the need for collective strategic solutions to the electric shock drowning problem.

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