Generator Safety Tips

Portable generators can be wonderful as they can be used if the power is out during a storm or natural disaster, such as a flood, tornado or hurricane. They can also be used at campgrounds or other places where there is not readily available electricity.

Although they can be convenient, they are still electrical and can be very dangerous if the proper safety precautions are not taken. Portable generators come in different types, as some use propane or natural gas, but nearly all follow the same safety guidelines. Here are some items that may be missing from your generator safety checklist that you might want to check before using your portable generator.

  1. Always store your generator in a clean and dry space that is easily accessible. Set the generator outside to prevent carbon monoxide fumes from entering your home.
  2. Attach a ground wire to the generator to assure proper grounding. Without proper grounding, you could be electrocuted.
  3. Use fresh gasoline and fuel.
  4. Start your generator at least once a month.
  5. Ensure that cords that are plugged into the generator are free from frays or exposures.

Things to avoid:

  1. Run the generator and allow fumes to enter your home.
  2. Use old or defective extension cords.
  3. Run the generator in moisture such as rain or snow.
  4. Add gasoline to a running generator. Always shut off the generator and let it cool down before refilling it.

These items on your generator safety checklist will make sure your generator is safe and ready for use.

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