Generators

Portable Generator Safety

Portable electric generators offer great benefits when outages affect your home, but can also be hazardous. The primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from toxic engine exhaust, electric shock, and fire.

Safety Tips:

  • Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage.
  • Don’t connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring, or to a regular household outlet.
  • Don’t overload the generator.
  • Use the proper power cords.
  • Read and adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation.
  • To prevent electrical shock, make sure your generator is properly grounded.
  • Do not store fuel indoors or try to refuel a hot generator or one that is running.
  • Turn off all equipment powered by the generator before starting or shutting down your generator.
  • Avoid getting burned.
  • Keep children away from portable electric generators at all times.