A portable generator can be an ideal secondary source of power––especially during power failures. But it can be dangerous if it’s not used appropriately.
Here are some safety tips:
- Never operate a generator in an enclosed or partially enclosed space
- Use carbon monoxide detectors in any enclosed spaces near the generator to monitor levels
- Do not connect generators directly to household wiring without an appropriate transfer switch installed
- Make sure your generator is properly grounded
- Make sure extension cords used with generators are rated for the load and are in good condition
- Do not overload the generator
- Plug the generator into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to help prevent electrocutions and electrical shock injuries
- Turn off all appliances powered by the generator before shutting down the generator itself
Hazards Associated with Generators:
- Shocks and electrocution from improper use of power or accidentally energizing other electrical systems.
- Carbon monoxide from a generator’s exhaust.
- Fires from improperly refueling a generator or inappropriately storing the fuel for a generator.
- Noise and vibration hazards.