Lakefront property owners need to be mindful of electrical issues on the dock and in the house, according to information provided by Ameren Missouri.
"Electrical safety is of paramount importance, and we encourage frequent dock electrical inspections as well as inspections of land-based electrical systems serving those docks," according to Jeff Green, who heads up Ameren's Shoreline Management department for Lake of the Ozarks.
Green said electrical problems are not isolated to docks.
Electrical problems in or near the house and lines feeding the dock can cause life threatening problems, even with docks that meet code and have been inspected," he said. "Dock owners need to have both their dock and the power supply to the dock inspected by a qualified electrician."
Green said Ameren recommends homeowners:
• Heed the warning signs.  Never swim around a dock where breakers or ground fault circuit interruptors (GFCIs) are tripping. If a breaker or GFCI trips, something is wrong and the dock should be considered unsafe until a qualified electrician fixes the problem and the dock is inspected.
• Never attempt to energize or re-energize, engage a breaker or reset a GFCI while someone is swimming near the dock. Get the dock fixed and inspected before using or swimming near the dock.
• If a tingle or shock is felt near a dock, swim or get away from the dock. Do not touch any part of the dock or adjacent docks, cables or attachments. Exit the water away from the source of the shock.
For additional information on dock electrical safety contact your local Fire District and visit Ameren Missouri's website at