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A Friendly Reminder: Stay Safe on Lake Tuscaloosa This Summer - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper.

A Friendly Reminder: Stay Safe on Lake Tuscaloosa This Summer

Always use caution when swimming around boat docks. Annual inspections of docks with electricity are required. Always use caution when swimming around boat docks. Annual inspections of docks with electricity are required. Allison Adams

It is full season on Lake Tuscaloosa for making memories with family and friends on the water. 

The city is also in full force to see that your experience is a good one. 

Homeowners with docks on Lake Tuscaloosa recently received notice that all docks should comply with specific electrical requirements by May 31. 

There are approved certified electricians who can be used, and according to one of them at the time I’m writing this, only 68 percent of the docks had been approved. He told me he had a backlog of over 100 to inspect. Of the ones he had already viewed, only two were in compliance – and they are owned by electricians. 

Water and electricity, as we know, is a dangerous mix. Our lake has experienced only a few electrocutions, but one is too many. These can be avoided with proper installation. Special wiring, a minimum height of 35 inches off the ground, and a kill switch are the recommended requirements. 

There are ways you can tell if you might have a problem, according to Lee Hannah of Smith's Marina. He says if you see lots of fish gathering under your dock, they may be drawn to a slight electrical current. Also, the presence of barnacles on your boat is a sign of a potential issue.  

Homeowners around the lake are now experiencing costs of between $200 and $9,000 to comply with these codes – but for families, and their safety, it’s worth it.

If you are hopping out of the boat to get wet, unless you see a tag saying it was approved, don't swim near a random pier. 

Be safe on the water. Be sure you have life jackets in the boat. Remember to be wary of strangers' docks. Respect other boaters, and have an amazing summer 2018. 

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