Portable generators are a critical part of any home because they can be used if the power is out during a storm or a natural disaster, such as a flood, tornado or hurricane. They can also be used at campgrounds or other places where there is not readily available electricity.
Although they can be convenient, they are still electrical and can be very dangerous if the proper safety precautions are not taken. Portable generators come in different types – as some use propane or natural gas – but nearly all follow the same safety guidelines.
Portable Generator Safety Tips
When using a generator, follow these safety tips provided by the electricians at Mister Sparky.
Make sure to store your portable generator in a clean and dry space that is easily accessible. Set the generator outside to prevent carbon monoxide fumes from entering your home. Be sure that the portable generator is in a place that is accessible in the event of an emergency, while also staying away from potentially dangerous elements, such as rain or snow.
Attach a ground wire to the generator to assure proper grounding. This will ensure that you’re safe through the entire use of the portable generator. Without proper grounding, you run the risk of being electrocuted or shocked by the generator.
Always Use Fresh Gasoline and Fuel
One of the most important ways to keep your portable generator running for long periods of time is to use the proper fuel that is required of the system. Fresh fuel not only allows the generator to run properly while being used, but it also lengthens the lifespan of the generator itself.
Start Your Generator at Least Once Per Month
Just like any other system or device that uses gasoline, starting it up every now and then ensures that it will be ready in the event that the power does go out. The best way to make s
Ensure That Cords Are Free From Frays or Exposure
Lastly, check that the cords running from the portable generator are in good condition and aren’t exposed in any way. If they are, they might prevent the generator from running and, in the most unfortunate of scenarios, could potentially create a fire.
Things To Avoid With Portable Generators
The following are tips to avoid when using a portable generator.
Allowing Fumes In Your Home
Never operate a generator indoors. When running your generator, always make sure that there is proper ventilation present. Generators should be placed outside of the home. Never run a generator near any cracked windows or entrances. Allowing any carbon monoxide (CO) to enter your home can be dangerous to all inhabitants and can lead to CO poisoning.
Never Using Old or Defective Extension Cords
When considering what extension cords to use with your generator, make sure that your cords are completely intact and are functioning properly. If not, you might be stuck without power to your generator.
Running the Generator in Moist Environments
It’s best to avoid using your generator in wet conditions, such as rain or snow. Exposure to moisture like this could be detrimental to the overall health of your generator and shorten its lifespan.
Adding Gasoline to a Running Generator
Gasoline should only be added to your generator when it is completely turned off. In the event that your generator runs out of gas while it’s in use, make sure to turn it off and let it cool down before adding any gas back into the system. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.
Contact Mister Sparky for Generator Installation Services
Following the items on our safety checklist is critical to both the short-term and the long-term success and lifespan of your generator. For home generator installation services that you can count on, schedule your appointment today!