Generator owners can find it reassuring to know they’ll have backup power in case of an outage during a storm. They can use their portable generators to power essential equipment such as portable heating units, computers, water pumps, freezers, refrigerators and lighting. If you are using a portable generator for temporary power, you have to use caution and take the necessary safety measures. Portable generators can be dangerous if used improperly, which can lead to injury.
The National Safety Council recommends the following tips for safe generator use:
- Read the manufacturer’s safety and operating manual before using your generator.
- Never use a generator inside your home, garage, crawl space or other enclosed areas.
- Only use your generator outdoors, away from open windows, vents or doors.
- Use a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector in the area you are running a generator.
- Allow the generator engine to cool at least 2 minutes before refueling and always use fresh gasoline. (Gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable.)
- Maintain your generator according to the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for peak performance and safety.
- Never operate the generator near combustible materials.
- Use caution when touching your generator. Many areas become hot and can burn you.
- Never leave your generator running when you are away from your home.
- Check your generator regularly during operation.
- Generators produce powerful voltage, so never operate under wet conditions.
- Take precautions to protect your generator from exposure to rain and snow.
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