What can boaters do?

ESD is preventable and boaters are a large part of the solution. The following tips will help alleviate electrical currents entering the water:

  • Have a qualified marine electrician:
    • Install an Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupter (ELCI) on your boat or use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) in the shore power cord.
    • Perform an annual inspection of your boat’s electrical system.
  • Test GFCI and ELCI protection as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Use power cords that are in good condition and properly rated. Do not use common household extension cords.