Generators both portable and standby are a great option to provide backup power during brownouts or blackouts. However, they should be used keeping certain care and safety tips in mind as follows:
- Use the proper cord for the wattage of the generator being used
- Use grounded cords and always use GFCI protection
- Do not operate generators when wet and aim to keep them dry.
- Refuel generators when cool.
- Do not overload generators
- Never plug a generator directly into your home and connect items being powered directly to the generator.
- Do not operate a generator in an enclosed space
- Ensure the generator has 3-4 feet of clear space on all sides for proper ventilation
- Place generators at least 20 feet away from your home and away from door, windows, and vents
- Always direct exhaust away from your home
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention
Lack of proper installation and use of generators can lead to CO poisoning .CO can kill in as little as 5 minutes.
Place carbon monoxide alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home
Symptoms of CO poisoning include:
If you experience CO poisoning, immediately rush to get fresh air, do not re-enter poisoned areas, and call 911.
Power It Up Frequently
It is important to power up your generator from time to time even if you do not need to use it, to ensure it’s in good working condition and that it will work when you need it.
Inspection and Maintenance
Routine generator inspections are vital so that minor problems can be corrected before they cause serious issues.
Proper maintenance of the generator should include battery check, fuel filter replacement, oil filter replacement along with an oil change.