In order to ensure the electrical safety of your boat dock, there are many items such as proper grounding, bonding, and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) that must be properly installed and maintained in good working condition. Proper grounding includes ensuring the grounding system is installed back to the power source at the utility transformer. Many dock owners assume that the ground rod installed near their shoreline disconnect provides proper grounding. While this ground rod is an important safety feature it does not provide for grounding to the utility transformer which must be present for your circuit breakers to properly function. in order to establish proper grounding, a low resistance electrical path must be maintained back to the utility transformer. This is completed by ensuring there is a continuous ground wire connecting the dock to the panel box at the house. If there is a break in this connection, at any location, the grounding of your dock is not complete. Ameren Missouri strongly recommends having your grounding system tested by a qualified electrician to ensure you your dock does not present a hazard to you, your family, or to other lake users.
|When a property located within the area of the Osage Beach Fire Protection District, Lake Ozark Fire Protection District, Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District, or Village of Four Seasons transfers ownership, an inspection of the electrical system on the dock must be made by the Fire District or the Village in advance of transferring the dock permit to the new owners. This inspection must have been completed and approved within the previous 12 months. A copy of this inspection approval must be submitted with the permit transfer application to Ameren Missouri.|
| All docks need continual inspections by their owners
Have both the dock and the power supply to the dock regularly inspected by a qualified electrician.
Never swim around a dock where breakers or GFCIs are tripping.
Never attempt to energize or re-energize, engage a breaker, or reset a GFCI while someone is swimming near the dock.
Do not touch any part of the dock or adjacent docks if a tingle or shock is felt.
Take a look at Ameren Missouri’s Electrical Installation Requirements for Private Boat Docks.
Take a look at Ameren Missouri’s Dock Wiring Inspection Sheet.
All information above is proved by Ameren Missouri. If you have any further questions about your docks electrical system you are strongly encouraged to have it inspected by a qualified electrician.
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