ABYC and Association of Marina Industries Present Free Webinar Tuesday July 31

Tune into the FREE Webinar on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 from 1-3 p.m. EST. Register at cc.readytalk.com/r/migokhxo2iro.
The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and Association of Marina Industries (AMI) partner to present additional safety information on Electric Shock Drowning via the free, live webinar Electric Shock Drowning – The Invisible Killer Part II – Marina Electrical Safety.

ABYC received an overwhelming response to "Electric Shock Drowning-The Invisible Killer" webinar that was held earlier this month by Kevin Ritz, an ABYC certification instructor who lost his 8- year old son Lucas in 1999 to electric shock drowning.   That webinar addressed the aspects of the shore to boat connection and left many waterfront property owners and marina managers asking "what can I do."

AMI will be providing information tailored for the marina through instructor Chris Dolan. Dolan, an application engineer with Marina Power & Lighting and Eaton Corporation, oversees the design and development of over 600 marina plans per year. He is a member of the editorial board for Marina Dock Age magazine, regularly speaks at the University of Wisconsin's Docks and Marinas Conference, and wrote the utilities portion of the newest American Society of Civil Engineers marina design manual.

One of the many safety components to be discussed will be the Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupter that functions similar to ground-fault outlets installed in homes. It responds to a potential fault by tripping the main circuit breaker and cutting power to the boat.

"We would like to see the Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupter on every boat and at every marina," said John Adey, ABYC president. "The Association of Marina Industries is the perfect partner to help us educate on the dangers of Electric Shock Drowning from the marina owner/operator's perspective."

Ritz's webinar is available for free until August 19, 2012 at cc.readytalk.com/play?id=3bcxki.

The ABYC will be inspecting boats to ensure they are not susceptible to causing an electric shock drowning, as well as other safety issues, at the free Boating Safety Clinic August 25, 2012 at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Visit www.abycinc.org to learn more about the clinic, how an electric shock drowning can occur, and steps that can be taken to eliminate the tragic accidents.

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