Portable Electric Generator Safety Tips

Portable electric generators are great when electric outages affect your home, but safe operation is critical. Be sure to inspect and maintain your generator regularly. Keeping fresh gas in the tank and running the generator for awhile periodically helps ensure it will be ready when you need it.

Here are some safety tips:

NEVER use a generator indoors or in an attached garage because it uses an internal combustion engine that emits deadly carbon monoxide. Operate it 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.

ALWAYS dry your hands before touching the generator.

NEVER connect your generator directly to your home's wiring as this can be deadly.

NEVER plug a portable electric generator into a regular household outlet.
 Connect individual appliances that have their outdoor-rated power cords directly to the receptacle outlet of the generator, or connect these cord-connected appliances to the generator with the appropriate outdoor-rated extension cord having a sufficient wire gauge to handle the electrical load.

ALWAYS use the proper power cords. Plug individual appliances into the generator using outdoor-rated extension cords with built-in ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), especially around wet or damp locations.

NEVER overload the generator. Do not operate more appliances and equipment than the output rating of the generator. Overloading your generator can seriously damage your valuable appliances and electronics. Prioritize your needs.

ALWAYS turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting down your generator.

ALWAYS read and adhere to the manufacturer's instructions for safe operation.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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