Swimming Pool Safety Checklist

Swimming Pool Safety Checklist

Minimum Protection Required:

GFCI = Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter - Protection for Branch Circuits such as receptacles, and Main Overcurrent Protection, See NFPA 70.680.

ELCI = Electrical Leakage Current Interrupters/Protection - Protection for Main - Protection 

Use Proper Wiring Methods, Overcurrent Protection, Grounding and Equal-Potential Bonding based on the following standards:

  1. NFPA 70 The National Electric Code (NEC)

  • Use an ELCI for Shock Protection

  • Use proper Classification of GFCI protection, Classification not greater than 30ma - Not your typical home GFCI

  • DO NOT do your own 120-volt AC electrical work unless you are qualified. Making the system works does not make it safe...All electrical fatalities occur on systems that "are working" 

  • All work must be performed by a "Qualified Person" in accordance with article 100 of NFPA 70. The qualified person must understand how to apply electrical theory and associated standards to the job tasks to be performed.

DO NOT use common household extension cords for providing power to your pool, this includes cleaning. Use, and encourage others to use only power cords built to UL or equal standards.

Annual and Monthly Inspection and Testing NFPA 70.680 & 110:

  1. Make yearly inspections of pool and all associated equipment, including storage

  2. Test wiring methods for potential shock hazards annually (Dielectric & Polarity Test)

  3. Perform Ground Loop Impedance Test on grounding and bonding system

  4. Test the GFCI/ELCI at least once a month or per the manufacturer's specifications

  5. Additional testing may be required based on application. All the above are basic requirements.

  6. Pools should be tested for Ground Leakage Current to all metal within 5 feet of the inside perimeter of the pool

  7. All receptacle must be protected with a GFCI, this includes service and pleasure use receptacles.


USE ONLY A QUALIFIED Electrical Worker, Field Evaluator or Inspector. The evaluator must understand the test procedures and how to mitigate any potential or existing shock hazards.

Last modified: Monday, 22 May 2017, 6:23 PM