When operating a portable generator at your home, the following information will be beneficial to ensure your safety:
- Do not connect a generator directly to the wiring of your home. The safest way to connect a generator to existing wiring in your home is to have a transfer switch professionally installed which allows power to be transferred between utility power lines and the generator.
- Never connect a portable electric generator into a household outlet. Doing so can energize “dead” power lines and pose a threat to utility workers and those around you. Connect individual appliances directly to the receptacle outlet of the generator, or connect the appliances to the generator with the appropriate heavy duty, outdoor power cord to avoid overloading the generator.
- Do not run cords under rugs where heat might build up or cord damage may go unnoticed.
- Do not operate more appliances and equipment than the output rating of the generator allows. Doing so can be dangerous and cause damage to the appliances and equipment.
- Never use a generator indoors, inside an attached garage or an enclosed porch. A portable generator emits carbon monoxide, which is a hazardous, odorless and potentially deadly gas. Generators should be placed in a well ventilated and dry area away from intakes to the home, and protected from precipitation. Investing in a carbon monoxide detector is an easy way to make certain your home is safe from toxins.
- Do not store fuel indoors or refuel a generator while it is in use. Gasoline (and other flammable liquids) should be stored outside of living areas in properly labeled in non-glass safety containers. Always have an approved fire extinguisher located near the generator.
- Turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting off the generator. Use caution near the generator as the machine will be hot from use. Keep children away from portable electric generators at all times.