ROCKY MOUNT, Missouri- The Rocky Mount Fire Protection District says at approximately 2 P.M. on July 3, Rocky Mount Fire Units were call to a residence reporting electricity in the lake by their dock. Upon arrival fire units found AC Voltage in the water ranging from 3.5 to 15 Volt. They say however none of these voltages are life threatening levels. After investigation the cause was determined to be electricity from the house’s Breaker Panel feeding to the Dock Sub-Panel through the ground wire and then to the dock.
No injuries were reported, but prior to fire units arriving, several small children did reported feeling electricity in the water. Also an adult female was getting out of the water and as she reached for the dock ladder, she reported arcing between the ladder and the rings on her hand, she also felt electricity.
The agency says if you feel electricity in the water PLEASE swim as far away from any dock as possible and exit the water at the shore avoiding any metal. If you are on a dock and someone reports feeling electricity do the following 1- Throw a life jacket to the swimmer if they don’t have one on, 2- go to the Dock Sub-Panel at the shore line and turn off all breaker in the box, 3- Call 911.
Electricity In the water is a true emergency, if you believe you feel electricity call 911 immediately and report this. We need to investigate right away to determine the cause. Conditions between the docks and the lake are changing all the time, the sooner we check the better opportunity we have of finding the problem and/or saving a life.
It is advisable to have your dock inspected at least once a year by the fire department or an electrician. You are required to have your dock inspected by the fire department if any one of the following happens. 1- the dock is modified in any way 2- the dock is moved for any reason (including repairs) 3- If you sell your home the dock must pass current codes before your closing date, they added.