Swimming Pools and Electric Shock Drowning

Code Hunter: Swimming Pools and Electric Shock Drowning, 2020 NEC

Code Hunter
Code Hunter

To play this game, you need a sharp eye, a quick mind and a 2020
National Electrical Code book. The NEC can be accessed for free at nfpa.org/70.
(Fill-in-the-blank questions are looking for the exact word(s) used in the NEC.)


All electrical equipment and products covered by Article 680 shall be __________.


2. A splash pad is a __________ with a pool depth of 1″ or less, intended for use by pedestrians.


3. Switching devices must be at least __________ feet, measured horizontally, from the inside walls of a pool unless separated by a fence, wall, or another permanent barrier.


4. For a fixed pier at a marina, boatyard, or docking facility, electrical connections must be at least 12” above the deck but never lower than the __________.


5. Outlets for swimming pool motors on branch circuits rated 150 volts or less to ground must be GFCI-protected if rated __________ amperes or less.


6. A swimming pool equipment room must include at least one GFCI-protected, 125-volt, 15- or 20- ampere receptacle installed on a __________ circuit.


7. A(n) __________ is a pool for ceremonial or ritual immersion of users and is designed and intended to have its contents drained or discharged.


8. An emergency shutoff switch for spas and hot tubs is not required for __________.


9. The 8 AWG or larger bonding conductor for the equipotential bonding required by 680.26 is not required to extend to __________.



For a natural or artificial body of water, GFCI protection is required for all __________ supplied by a branch circuit rated 150 volts or less to ground, 60 amperes or less, single phase.



Bonus Question.
Audio systems supplied by a branch circuit must not be placed within __________ feet of the inside wall of a pool, spa, hot tub, or fountain or within __________ feet of the tidal high-water mark.


Christel Hunter and Randy Hunter
Christel Hunter is vice president of standards for Cerro Wire. Chris serves as President for the Southern Nevada Chapter of IAEI. Chris also serves on NEC CMP-6 and CMP-13, NFPA 921, NFPA 70B, NFPA 73 and UL STPs 62, 83, 719 and 4703. Chris is a Professional Safety and Health Officer, Certified Standards Professional, Master Electrician, and LEED Accredited Professional. Randy Hunter is an instructor and consultant specializing in electrical code and installations, and co-owner of Hunter Technical Services. He holds ten inspections certifications from IAEI and ICC. He has been a master electrician since 1988.