Prevent Electric Shock Drowning

$3,780 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 34 months
David Rifkin
for Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association Inc
Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association

very year people swimming around docks and boats using AC electricity are killed or injured.  

New standards have emerged thanks to collective industry efforts.  More work is needed to educate the public and dock/marina owners on understanding and implementing the new requirements. 

Every one of these accidents is avoidable with these recommendations from the ESDPA:

1.  DO NOT SWIM around docks and boats using AC electricity from the shore.  Stay at least 150 feet away.

2.  Ensure your docks are up to Code standards by inspection with qualified, licensed technitions.

3.  If you witness an electric shock event in the water, DON'T jump in!, turn off power, call 911, throw a life ring, push the person AWAY from the dock (electric fields get stronger when closer to the source).

4.  The ESDPA does not support "green light" devices to promote swimming around electricity.  Electricity, water, and swimming around docks don't mix!

100% of all donations will help fund the all-volunteer effort to educate the public on the dangers of ESD.  Donations will offset the cost of printing and mailing literature to improve safety on the waterfront.
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There have been several deaths since the start of the warm season, all caused by ESD. Have received many requests for ESD brochures which cost money to produce and mail.

Since we're almost to the current goal, we are going to raise the bar a little higher in hopes of continuing our efforts to improve safety in the marine environment.

Every donation has the potential of saving a child's life. And no donation is too small. About $20 gets several hundred brochures out to folks using our waters for recreation. The life saved may be your own family member.

Stay safe, and follow the recommendations at
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Thanks to all for last year's donations. Now is the time to keep the information flowing as the swimming season will be upon us before we know it (and in southern areas it's a year round activity!).

New national codes have been written as a result of our campaigning efforts. We have to push hard to educate the folks affected by these live saving code changes.

And our effort to keep the public aware of ESD continues at a cost for materials and dissemination.

With your help we can stop ESD. Every dollar assists in the effort. And aside from the small percentage that Go Fund Me takes, 100% of donated money goes directly to the cause. This is an "all volunteer" force.

Appreciate anything you can do to help us beat ESD and save lives!
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Thanks to all for the recent surge in contributions. This will really help the cause!
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Have updated the goal. We are actively printing and mailing informational materials. More than we planned.

Our deepest sympathies to families around Smith Lake, AL. A beautiful teenage girl was lost to ESD several weeks ago. Please help prevent accidents through understanding and information. We need your ongoing support.
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$3,780 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 34 months
Created April 24, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association Inc
Certified Charity
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Lexington, KY
EIN: 453031112
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La Familia
9 months ago

Just spoke with Captain Dave - outstanding information on this not-well-enough-known, potentially lifesaving topic. THX! Houseboat La Familia, Lake Powell, AZ

Doug Beh
20 months ago

In memory of Evan Currie for the use of spreading the word on the dangers of Electric Shock Drowning.

21 months ago
Jake Haddock
23 months ago

Great source of information!

Shaunee Moreland
33 months ago

All my love to the Ritz family. GOOD MORNING AMERICA ?!?! :D

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