Generator Safety Tips

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Know how to safely use your generator

Plan on using a generator if the power goes out? Make sure you know how to operate it safely, because generators can pose serious hazards if not used properly. Before using your emergency generator, read and follow these tips:

Generac GP 5500 generator outside
  • Follow directions – Read all operating and maintenance manuals before using any generator.
  • Refueling – Never attempt to refill a generator’s fuel tank while it is running. Turn the machine off and let it cool down before refueling.
  • Ventilate – A running generator creates carbon monoxide, which is odorless, colorless and can be deadly. Only use generators outdoors in a dry, well-ventilated area.
  • Prevent backfeed – Never wire a building’s electrical system into a generator. This can cause power to “backfeed” through the electric meter and into power lines, which puts line technicians in danger when they are working to restore your power.
  • Don’t overload – Overloading a generator with too many appliances can cause the equipment to malfunction and just put you back in the dark. Know the unit’s wattage capacity and prioritize your electrical needs.
  • Extension cords – Always follow the guidelines specified by the generator manufacturer regarding extension cords and appliances. If you must use an extension cord, make sure it is heavy-duty grade, properly grounded and in good condition.

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