Portable Generator Safety

Portable generators provide a good source of temporary power during outages or natural disasters but they can be dangerous even deadly if not properly installed and operated understanding the dangers associated with portable generators and practicing good safety habits could save your life the first rule of generators safety is to make sure that your home is equipped with battery operated or battery backup carbon monoxide alarms do not connect generators directly to household wiring without an appropriate transfer switch installed without this switch power from generators can back feed along power lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them including utility workers making repairs ESF i strongly recommends that home generators be installed by qualified licensed electricians in accordance with all national and local codes never operate a generator inside your home or any other even partially enclosed space locate the generator outside away from your home's doors windows and vents to prevent carbon monoxide from entering do not operate the generator in wet conditions or where there is standing water place the generator on a dry surface under an open canopy like structure make sure your generator is properly grounded do not overload the generator limit the electrical load to no more than the recommended wattage plug equipment directly into the generator or use a heavy-duty outdoor rated extension cord turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting it down keep children away from portable generators at all times taking these simple precautions can help keep you and your family safe from generator related hazards but remember carbon monoxide is the silent killer if you feel dizzy or weak don't take a chance get to fresh air immediately

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Portable generators provide a good source of temporary power during outages or natural disasters but they can be dangerous even deadly if not properly installed and operated understanding the dangers associated with portable generators and practicing good safety habits could save your life the first rule of generators safety is to make sure that your home is equipped with battery operated or battery backup carbon monoxide al...