safety, electricians, residential
Written by Larry Cook

Dock and Marina Electrical Shock Drowning Prevention

On April 16, 2016, 15-year-old Carmen Johnson died from electrical shock drowning (ESD) as she swam in Smith Lake, Alabama.  Weathered dock wiring conducted electric current into the water. Since the tragedy, Carmen’s parents, Carmen and Casey Johnson, have raised public awareness regarding ESD. Below are ESD prevention tips for those who use marinas or own a private dock.


Never allow swimming within 100 yards of a marina or dock that is using electrical power. Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) because ESD victims can be saved with the procedure.

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