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Electrician provides safety tips for fountains, pools with electricity

'What you want to do is look for the immediate power source for whatever kind of body of water it is,' electrician Howard Borna says after electrocution at Harbourside Place
Posted at 10:52 PM, Nov 01, 2023

JUPITER, Fla. — Water fountains and pools are a staple in parts of Florida from Palm County to the Treasure Coast. Even though they're beautiful they come with hidden dangers.

In light of the tragedy at Harbourside Place, electrician Howard Borna, who is the vice president at Bay Court Worldwidein Port St. Lucie, said electricity and water are a dangerous mix. "It’s not like plumbing. If you have a leak you can see the leak you can see the water. With electric you can’t see it and you don’t know it until it’s too late,” Borna said.

Electrician Howard Borna, who is the vice president at Bay Court Worldwide in Port St. Lucie, said electricity and water are a dangerous mix. Nov. 1, 2023
Electrician Howard Borna, who is the vice president at Bay Court Worldwide in Port St. Lucie, said electricity and water are a dangerous mix Nov. 1, 2023

He suggests avoiding anything that looks suspicious, like visible wires in water.

Crime scene tape could be seen blocking off Harbourside Place in Jupiter on Oct. 23, 2023, a day after five people were taken to hospitals after a possible electrical incident.

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If you see someone getting shocked don't touch them. Instead, rush to shut off the power source.

"What you want to do is look for the immediate power source for whatever kind of body of water it is, be it a fountain, a pool, a hot tub, a Jacuzzi," he said. Many of these things require that the power source is nearby and within the line of sight—not all, but many of them."

Even after shutting off the power, don't try pulling the person out. You are still at risk of getting hurt yourself.

If you're a pool owner you should know where your power source is.

“Homeowners should also know how to turn off their pool equipment. I mean they really should. Not everybody knows how to do that, not everybody knows where it’s located,” Borna said.

Crime scene tape could be seen blocking off Harbourside Place in Jupiter on Oct. 23, 2023, a day after five people were taken to hospitals after a possible electrical incident.

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As for the incident at Harbourside Place, he hoped it was a wake-up call for electricians. Borna said, “what we do for a living if we’re not careful it could hurt someone and let’s just make sure that we’re crossing all our T's and dotting all our I's.”