Portable generators can make our lives easier in the event of a power outage, but they can also be dangerous if proper precautions are not followed. Here are six safety tips to keep in mind before starting up your generator...
Generators emit carbon monoxide as they operate; a colorless, odorless, and toxic gas. When outside, this gas is safely dispersed into the atmosphere. However, when in an enclosed area – such as a home, garage, or crawl space – the concentration levels can be fatal.
Plugging your generator into an outlet is known as “backfeeding”. Not only is this process extremely dangerous, it is illegal. Doing this can send high voltages out into utility lines, where unsuspecting workers could get electrocuted.
If you run a portable generator for long enough, it will eventually need to be refueled. Gasoline and its fumes are highly flammable, so give your generator five minutes to cool off before approaching it.
Water and electricity don’t mix, so clear any snow off of your generator before using, and do your best to keep it dry. You should also never touch a generator with wet hands.
Using extension cords is fine, as long as they are grounded. Also, make sure to lay your extension cords flat, as coiled cords can heat up quickly.
As always, you should adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendations when using your generator.
Cannondale Generators offers professional standby generator sales, installations, and maintenance services to homes and businesses across Fairfield County, CT. If you live in Danbury, Stamford, Bridgeport, Greenwich, or the surrounding area, call us at (203) 762-2608 to get started with a free consultation.