It’s been a month, and phones are still ringing off the hook at fire districts and electrician shops around the Lake, as shoreline property owners continue to worry about the safety of their docks in the aftermath of three fatal electrocutions. Aging electrical wiring installed on docks decades ago by people who didn’t know what they were doing is getting a closer loo, and inspectors are finding no shortage of high-voltage dangers around the Lake because of lax oversight over the years and electrical work performed by novices. Neither permits nor electrical inspections were required for docks at the lake until 2006, and then only for new or refurbished ones, as Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Chief Dennis Reilly explains:
Chief Reilly says they’re scheduling inspections as fast as they can, but fire departments around the Lake have been swamped:
Two children and a 26-year-old woman died over a four-day span last month after coming into contact with electrically charged docks.