Dock electrical systems should be inspected periodically

Fire districts make recommendations

The electrocutions of 13-year-old Alexandra Anderson and her 8-year-old brother, Brayden Anderson, last week at the Lake of the Ozarks have been blamed on an insufficient electrical system connected to the dock where the Ashland children were swimming.

Officers said the dock had several electrically powered devices including a boat lift, but was not equipped with a grounding device designed to automatically shut off the current if an electrical malfunction occurred.

In the Lake region, seven fire protection districts inspect docks, including electrical safety.

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