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Important Safety Instructions - Craftsman 113.177846 Owner's Manual

20 gallon wet/dry vac
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Safety is a combination of common sense.
staying alert, and knowing how your
wet/dry vacuum cleaner ("Vac") works.
Safety Signal Words
DANGER: Indicates an imminently
hazardous situation which, if not avoided
will result in death or serious injury.
Indicates a potentially
hazardous situation which, if not avoided
could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION: Indicates a potentially
hazardous situation which, if not avoided
may result in minor or moderate injury, or
property damage.
When using your Vac, always follow basic
safety precautions
including the following:
-To reduce
the risk of fire, electric shock, or
• Read and understand this manual and
all labels on the Wet/Dry Vac before
• Use only as described in this manual.
• Do not leave Vac running while
• Sparks inside the motor can ignite
flammable vapors or dust. To reduce
the risk of fire or explosion, do not
vacuum or use near flammable or
combustible liquids, gases, or explosive
dusts, such as gasoline or other fuels,
lighter fluid, cleaners, oil-based paints,
natural gas, hydrogen, coal dust,
magnesium dust, aluminum dust, grain
dust, or gun powder.
• Do not vacuum anything that is burning
or smoking, such as cigarettes,
matches, or hot ashes.
• Do not vacuum drywall dust or cold
fireplace soot or ash with standard
filter. This is a very fine dust which may
be exhausted back into the air. Use a
fine dust filter instead.
• To reduce the risk of health hazards
from vapors or dust, do not vacuum
toxic materials.
• Do not use or store near hazardous
To reduce the risk of electric shock, do
not expose to rain or allow liquid to
enter motor compartment. Store
Do not allow to be used as a toy. Close
attention is necessary when used by or
near children.
Do not use with a torn filter or without
the filter installed except when
vacuuming liquids as described in the
Operation section of this manual.
debris ingested by the impeller may
damage the motor or be exhausted
back into the air.
• WARNING: The power cord on this
product contains lead, a chemical
known in the State of California to cause
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Wash hands after handling.
• Do not leave Vac when plugged in.
Unplug from outlet when not in use and
before servicing.
• Turn off Vac before unplugging.
• To reduce the risk of injury from
accidental starting, unplug power cord
before changing or cleaning filter.
• Do not unplug by pulling on cord. To
unplug, grasp the plug, not the cord.
• Do not use with damaged cord, plug or
other parts. If your Vac is not working
as it should, has missing parts, has
been dropped, damaged, left outdoors,
or dropped into water, return it to a
Sears Service Center.
• Do not pull or carry by cord, use cord
as handle, close a door on cord, or pull
cord around sharp edges or corners.
Do not run Vac over cord. Keep cord
away from heated surfaces.
• Do not handle plug, switch, or the Vac
with wet hands.
• Do not put any object into ventilation
openings. Do not vacuum with any
ventilation openings blocked; keep free
of dust, lint, hair or anything that may
reduce air flow.
• Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers, and
all parts of body away from openings
and moving parts.
• To reduce the risk of falls, use extra
care when cleaning on stairs.


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