Electrical Safety – Grounding, Swimming Pools and Substations

A substation next to a swimming pool created grounding and electrical safety questions for Jim Phillips as he and his wife were on a road trip between Los Angeles and Phoenix.  You assume it is safe but so did the passengers on the Titanic.

Video Transcript

A while back, my wife and I were driving from the Phoenix area to Southern California to visit some friends, and on the return trip, we decided to stop over in the Palm Desert area– it’s off Interstate 10, or the 10 as they call it. And we stayed at a hotel– it’s near the interstate, near the exit.

And the next morning when we got up, we’re looking out over the pool. And my wife’s looking at the pool and says, hey, there’s nobody there– we could just go grab a couple cups of coffee and just sit out and relax for a little bit before we hit the road and head on back to the Phoenix area.

So I look out here, and this is from the second story– this is actually a picture that I took. I said, you notice that there aren’t any people out there. And she said, well, yeah, we’ll have the whole place to ourself. And I said, no, no, no– I think there’s a reason that there’s nobody out there.

And so if you look at this picture, I’m pretty sure the reason there was nobody out there is what was behind the pool. Now you have to think that, well, they knew what they were doing, but being an electrical guy, there was just something that wasn’t sitting right with me on this.

And you know, you think, well, OK, they know what they were doing. They covered all the grounding and ground– they got all that right. But in the back of my mind, I’m also thinking, so were the designers of the Titanic– they were confident in what they did, too.

So you just never know what you’re going to see, and this was one of the more interesting pictures that I’ve taken recently.

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