Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the House to help save the lives of people who use public swimming pools in North Carolina. House Bill 598 mandates that a special circuit breaker device be installed on any line that provides power to a pool’s pump motor. This device is known as a ground fault circuit interrupter.
A ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is a fast-acting circuit breaker that constantly monitors electricity flowing in a circuit. It is designed to shut off electric power within as little as 1/40 of a second when it senses a problem. GFCIs are generally installed where electrical circuits may accidentally come into contact with water and are now commonly installed in kitchens, bath and laundry rooms.
The presence of such a simple device would have saved the life of a 17-year-old Enloe High School senior.