|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
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?
Since your fountain depends on a small electrical pump, and since
water conducts electricity, take reasonable precautions against
- 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
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.
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
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