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Where to Set Your Fountain

The first consideration is the location. (Ideally, this was considered when selecting your fountain.) The location affects not just the aesthetic enjoyment of the fountain, but some functional and safety considerations, as well.

Do you intend to place your fountain on the floor or on a table or desk? Or perhaps you have a wall location in mind?

Some fountains are intended for indoor use only, some for outdoor use, and some can be used in either setting.

Are there particular architectural features or other design elements of your home or office which youíd like to complement?

Safety Thoughts
Since your fountain depends on a small electrical pump, and since water conducts electricity, take reasonable precautions against shock hazards:

  • The fountain should be close enough to an electrical outlet that no extension cord is needed.
  • Donít run power cords under carpets or across areas of foot traffic or where chair legs or other objects could get tangled in the cord. Someone might trip and fall or pull the fountain over.
  • Typically, the pump requires a grounded three-pronged 110-volt outlet. Ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) equipped outlets are recommended for protection against electrical shock hazards, also. If you are in doubt about the electrical safety measures in your house or office wiring, consult a professional electrician. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also publishes helpful information about GFCI.
  • Position the pumpís cord so any water which might ever leak, spill, or splash doesnít drip into the electrical outlet. Let the cord hang below the level of the outlet, so if water does run down the cord it will drip on the floor before reaching the outlet.
  • While unlikely, a pet or child could be electrocuted by chewing or otherwise cutting through the power cord. Try to position the fountain so itís power cord is out of sight and out of reach of children and pets.

Note: A few small fountains are battery-powered, which removes the risk of electric shock and the question of where the power cord can run.

Keep the pump submerged by replenishing water, as needed.

Other Location Considerations

  • The location should be firm and level, both for safety and the fountainís performance.
  • Remember that children and pets can spill or break your fountain. Choose a location which minimizes the risk of accidents.
  • Donít place fountains directly under plants. Organic debris might fall into the fountain water and clog the pump.
  • If possible, donít place fountains in direct sunlight. Sunlight promotes the growth of algae.

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