Can an AED be used in the rain, snow or swimming pool?

Can an AED be used in the rain, snow or swimming pool?

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For a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the quick use of an AED gives them the best chance of survival. But since AEDs provide an electrical current to restore the heart to a normal rhythm, you might wonder if AEDs can expose you to danger if used in a wet environment. Luckily, AEDs are safe to use if the victim is lying outside in the snow or rain. Ideally, you want to move the victim to a dry environment, but if you cannot move the victim, simply dry the chest as thoroughly as possible prior to applying the pads. When it comes to swimming activities, you should do the following:

  • If the person is in the water, remove them to a dry area and away from puddles of water
  • Remove any wet clothing and dry the victim’s chest
  • Have all bystanders move away from the wet surface and the victim
  • Attach AED pads and follow the AED voice prompts

Through voice prompts, every AED cautions responders to stand clear of the patient.  As long as the rescuer follows this prompt and does not touch the victim during defibrillation, they will be safe from harm.

Watch a successful save at a beach here!

If you still have questions about using your AED in a wet environment, you can always leave us a comment, give us a call at 800-580-1375. If you still have questions, you can always leave us a comment or email us at


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