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21 Tips For Safe Pumping

  • Read the installation, operation and maintenance manual for your pump before installing, operating or performing maintenance on the pump or its related equipment.

  • Overheated pumps can cause severe burns and injury. If overheating of pump casing occurs stop the pump immediately. Allow it to cool to air temperature. Slowly and cautiously vent pump at drain plug. Operating pump with suction and/or discharge closed is one cause of severe overheating. Refer to the manual before restarting.

  • Do not operate the pump without all guards and shields in place.

  • Cautiously approach any pump that has been in operation.

  • Only pump liquids for which the pump was designed.

  • Do not pump flammable or corrosive liquids unless pump and piping are designed for such. Never operate pumps in explosive or volatile atmospheres unless they are designed to be operated in these environments.

  • Note direction of rotation. Operating the pump in the wrong direction may cause impeller to unscrew and damage pump casing or other pump parts.

  • Locate the pump in an accessible location, as close as safely possible to the liquid to be pumped.

  • Check all lubricants before installation and operation and in accordance with maintenance programs.

  • Never operate a self-priming pump unless the pump casing is filled with liquid. Doing so may damage the pump. The pump will not prime unless the pump casing is filled with liquid.

  • Do not remove the coverplate, fill port cap, gauge port plug, or drain plug from any overheated pump. Allow pump to cool to air temperature. Check pump temperature before opening coverplate, fill port, gauge port plug or drain plug.

  • Do not operate pump against a closed valve.

  • Check the suction strainer regularly to be sure that it is not clogged.

  • Secure the pump so that it cannot move after it is in its operating position.

  • Check the pump thoroughly upon delivery for any shipping damage.

  • Never wear loose clothing around machinery.

  • When overhauling pumps, never remove or cover warnings tags and labels.

  • Be sure that only experienced personnel operate machinery.

  • Before working on pumps with electric motors and panels, lock control panel in the off position. If control panel cannot be locked, pull main fuse or circuit breaker, remove all v-belts and disengage drive coupling.

  • Drain pump completely of water before freezing weather.

  • Do not work in underground pump systems alone or without adequate ventilation.

Information provided by Gorman-Rupp, Mansfield, Ohio.

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