Recent Calls
Thu. Apr 26th 2018
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Dispatched for a report of a vessel adrift in the main channel between R22 and R24. Found a 2014 Supra with the boat cover in place, unoccupied and sitting against the rocks near R21A. Took the vess...
Sun. Apr 22nd 2018
Dispatched for a brush fire near Lands End Road, Moneta. Searched shoreline while repsonding land units searched area. Nothing found.
Tue. Apr 10th 2018
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Members from Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire Rescue (SMLMVFR) responded to a rekindle of the Franklin County Oak Park Drive residential structure fire. SMLMVFR worked with units from Glade ...
Mon. Apr 9th 2018
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Members from Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire Rescue (SMLMVFR) responded to a residential structure fire on Oak Park Drive in Franklin County. SMLMVFR established a backup water supply and w...
Tue. Apr 3rd 2018
Dispatched for a report of possible HAZMAT floating on the surface of the water in the area of the Virginia Inland Sailing Association between marker R11 and R11A. After an extensive search nothing w...
News Headlines
Sun. Mar 14th 2021
For the complete story visit wset.com or copy and paste this link into your browser https://wset.com/news/local/crews-thankful-for-safety-of-6-people-after-boat-catches-fire-sinks-on-smlCrews thankful...
Sun. Mar 14th 2021
For the complete story visit WDBJ7.com or copy and paste this link into your browser https://www.wdbj7.com/2021/03/14/smith-mountain-lake-marine-volunteer-fire-department-helps-save-boat-fire-from-spr...
Sat. Mar 13th 2021
For the complete story visit wsls.com or copy and paste this link into your browser https://www.wsls.com/news/local/2021/03/13/crews-responded-to-boat-fire-at-smith-mountain-lake/Crews responded to bo...
Wed. Oct 21st 2020
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For the complete story visit WDBJ7 or copy and paste this link into your favorite browserhttps://www.wdbj7.com/video/2020/10/21/money-clip-returned/ A member of Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fi...
Stray Voltage at Docks

Stray Voltage in the Water

Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) is a drowning that occurs as a result of the person coming into contact with stray voltage flowing through the water.  There are a number of ways electrical current finds its way into the water.  Some of the more common are improperly wired electrical services to boat docks, frayed wires coming into contact with the water and improperly wired or poorly grounded boat lifts.

The most common source of stray voltage entering the water comes from your boat and jet ski lifts.  Until the National Electric Code (NEC) is changed and those changes are implemented by state and local governments, here are a few tips to keep everyone safe from stray voltage in the water at your dock.

  • Make sure all metal parts of the boat and jet ski lifts are out of the water when people are swimming off your dock.
  • Don’t swim near your boat or jet ski lift.
  • Don’t touch the boat or jet ski lift while you are in the water.
  • Never swim around the slips in a marina or community dock
     
  • Upgrade your dock’s electrical service to be compliant with the latest electric code.
  • Insure ground fault circuit interrupter technology is installed on dock circuits.
  • Special attention is required if you have metal pilings supporting your dock.

Additional information can be found in the ESD section of the Files Library


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