During long-term power outages many rely on portable generators for emergency power. The growing popularity of portable electric generators has resulted in millions being placed in homes and small businesses across the nation. But it’s estimated that only a small percentage are hooked up correctly. SMEC urges consumers to understand the proper safety steps that must be taken.
Safety Tips for Generator Safety
- First, locate your generator in a well-ventilated area. Never run it inside, even in your garage. Gasoline-powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly.
- Second, plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy duty, properly grounded extension cords. Make sure that extension cords are not frayed or worn. Do not connect your power generator directly to your home’s main fuse box or circuit panel. Limit the number of appliances you use to no more than the recommended wattage of the generator.
- Read all instructions carefully and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Use the generator only when necessary and don’t overload it. Turn it off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home to avoid possible fire hazard.
For the safety of your family and your neighbors plus the safety of SMEC employees working to restore electricity, do not attempt to connect generators to home wiring.
If you have any doubts about how to properly use a portable generator, contact the manufacturer or a licensed electrician for assistance.