Portable Generator Safety

Electricity is something we use every day. But when a power outage occurs, a portable electric generator can keep lights, refrigerators, and other appliances running. More importantly. If someone in your home depends on electricity for medical needs, a portable generator can provide power in an emergency. Portable generators come in many sizes. If you're thinking about buying a generator for  back-up electricity here are some things you should know to select the right generator for your needs and operate it safely. To purchase the right generator you need to add up the total power needed for the appliances you plan to run at any one time. This power is measured in Watts. The values can be found on name plates attached to the appliance or in your owners manual. This information may also be available online or by contacting the manufacturer. If power is not listed in watts, find the average in voltage ratings on the nameplate. The power can then be estimated by multiplying the Amps and the Volts. For example. An appliance with an Ampere rating of 12 and a voltage rating of 120 will use about 1440 Watts in power. Some larger appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners, require a brief surge of higher power to get them started. This can be an amount several times higher than their constant power draw. Look for a nameplate value for lock rotor amps or L.R.A. The L.R.A. usually does not last more than about ten seconds, but it can cause the generator to surge or trip off-line if it is too great for the  generator to handle. If there is any doubt, contact the generator's manufacturer to confirm the ability for the generator to provide  start up power for larger appliances, or you can choose not to operate those appliances while running on generator power. Many manufactors label generators based on peak starting load, which is a higher rating than the generator is good for on...

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Electricity is something we use every day. But when a power outage occurs, a portable electric generator can keep lights, refrigerators, and other appliances running. More importantly. If someone in your home depends on electricity for medical needs, a portable generator can provide power in an emergency. Portable generators come in many sizes. If you're thinking about buying a generator for  back-up electricity...