Filter Operating Safeguards


Warning: To guard against injury basic precautions should be observed, including the following.

1. Read and follow all safety instructions.

2. Danger - To avoid possible electric shock, special care should be taken since water is employed in the use of aquarium equipment. For each of the following situations do not attempt repairs yourself; return the appliance to an authorized service facility for service or discard the appliance.

A. If the appliance falls into the water, DON'T reach for it! First unplug it and then retrieve it. If electrical components of the appliance get wet, unplug the appliance immediately, (Non-immersible equipment only).

B. If the appliance show any sign of abnormal water leakage, immediately unplug it from the power source (Immersible equipment only).

C. Carefully examine the appliance after installation. It should not be plugged in if there is water on parts not intended to be wet.

D. Do not operate any appliance if it has a damage cord or plug, or if it is malfunctioning or if it is dropped or damaged in any manner.

E. To avoid the possibility of the appliance plug or receptacle getting wet, position aquarium stand and tank to one side of a wall mounted receptacle to prevent water from dripping onto the receptacle or plug.
Figure 1A "drip-loop," shown in Figure 1 should be arranged by the user for each cord connecting an aquarium appliance to a receptacle. The "drip loop" is that part of the cord below the level of the receptacle or connector if an extension cord is used, to prevent water traveling along the cord and coming in contact with the receptacle.
If the plug or receptacle does get wet, DON'T unplug the cord. Disconnect the fuse or circuit breaker that supplies power to the appliance. Then unplug and examine for presence of water in the receptacle.

3. Close supervision is necessary when any appliance is used by or near children.

4. To avoid injury, do not contact moving parts or hot parts such as heaters, reflectors, lamp bulbs, etc.

5. Always unplug an appliance from an outlet when not in use, before putting on or talking off parts, and before cleaning. Never yank cord to pull plug form outlet. Grasp the plug and pull to disconnect.

6. Do not use an appliance for other than intended use. The use of attachments not recommended or sold by the appliance manufacturer may cause an unsafe condition.

7. Do not install or store the appliances where it will be exposed to the weather or to temperatures below freezing.

8. Make sure an appliance mounted of a tank is securely installed before operating it.

9. Read and observe all the important notices on the appliance.

10. If an extension cord is necessary, a cord with a proper rating should be used. A cord rated for less amperes or watts than the appliance rating may overheat. Care should be taken to arrange the cord so that it will not be tripped over or pulled.

11. This appliance has a polarized plug (one blade is wider that the other). As a safety feature, this plug will fit in a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician. Never use with an extension cord unless plug can be fully inserted. Do not attempt to defeat this safety feature