A QUICK GUIDE TO: GENERATOR SAFETY

By June 3, 2015Household
  • 117735697Never run your generator inside a home, garage, carport, porch or any enclosed space where deadly carbon monoxide gasses can build up.
  • Only use generators outside, away from open windows, vents or doors. Find a level area that is well ventilated and protected from the elements to prevent electrical shock.
  • When operating, keep the portable generator away from combustible materials, fuel and liquids
  • Use a carbon monoxide alarm that’s batteryoperated or has a battery backup.
  • Never feed power from a portable generator into a wall outlet. This can kill linemen working to restore power.
  • Never plug the generator directly into your electrical circuit outlets. If you are connecting a generator into your home electrical system, have a qualified electrician install it.
  • Don’t use power cords that are frayed, torn or cut. This can cause a fire or shock. Be sure all three prongs are intact and the cord is outdoor-rated. The cord’s wattage or amps must not be smaller than the sum of the connected appliance loads.
  • Never use wet hands when operating a generator. Never let water come in contact with the generator.
  • Make sure you have the right cords and connectors, or the generator will be useless.
  • Most starters use rope pulls. If yours uses a battery, make sure you keep it charged.
  • Always turn the engine off before refuelling and let the generator cool.
  • Avoid spilling fuel. It can ignite.
  • Secure your generator with a bolt or a strong chain and lock to prevent theft.
  • Know how to use your generator before you have to use it under emergency conditions.