Generator safety

Safety Tips -- Generator Safety
If you plan to use a portable generator, here are some important safety precautions:

  • Read all instructions carefully and follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
  • First, never run your generator in doors or in your garage. Generators should only be run in a well-ventilated area. Gasoline-powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly if there is not adequate ventilation.
  • Second, plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy duty, properly grounded extension cords.
  • Make sure that extension cords are not frayed or worn.
  • Limit the electrical load placed on the generator to no more than the recommended wattage.
  • Do not connect your power generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel.
  • Use the generator only when necessary.
  • Turn the generator off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home.

If you have any questions about how to properly use a portable electric generator, contact the manufacturer or a licensed electrician for assistance.