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Advisory: Media Availability on Electric Shock Drowning At State Fair

News Advisory

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (Aug. 17, 2017) - The Kentucky State Parks will have a media availability on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, at the Kentucky State Fair as part of an effort to raise awareness about electric shock drowning.

Officials from parks and the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction, will be available for interviews from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the state park booth in the South Wing of the

Electric shock drowning occurs when faulty wiring, equipment or damaged cords on a boat or dock cause surrounding water to be energized with an electric current. There is no visible warning and the electricity is enough to paralyze the muscles of a nearby swimmer, causing them to drown. In some cases, there may be enough current to electrocute the swimmer.

The agencies are providing information to fair visitors to alert them to the dangers of electric shock drowning during the Aug. 17-27 Kentucky State Fair.

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Contact:

Gil Lawson, gil.lawson@ky.gov

502-892-3349

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