Portable Generator Safety Tips Portable Generator Safety Tips

Consumers should know that portable generators can be hazardous if used improperly. The hazards are:

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust.
  • Electrocution from connecting the generator to the home electrical wiring system.
To Avoid Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning:
  • Never use a generator indoors or in attached garages.
  • Only operate the generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home, and protected from direct exposure to rain and snow, preferably under a canopy, open shed, or carport.
To Avoid Electrocution:
  • Plug individual appliances into the generator using heavy duty, outdoor rated cords with a wire gauge adequate for the appliance load.
  • Observe the generator manufacturer's instructions for safe operation.
  • Do not plug the generator into a wall outlet.
  • If connecting the generator into the house wiring is necessary, have a qualified electrician hook up the standby electrical system, or have the local utility install a linking device if available.

Never Store Gasoline in the Home:

Gasoline, kerosene and other flammable liquids should be stored outside of living areas in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers. They should also not be stored in a garage if a fuel-burning appliance in the garage. The vapor from gasoline can travel invisibly along the ground and be ignited by pilot lights or arcs caused by activating electric switches.

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