A generator can be useful during a power outage, but remember to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safe and proper operation. To protect yourself and your family or business, follow these safety rules.
- Have a licensed electrician install stationary or standby emergency generators.
- Plug appliances directly into an emergency or portable generator. Don’t connect a generator directly to a breaker panel, fuse box or meter box. This could cause the power lines to become energized from the generator, posing a serious threat to utility and tree-trimming crews working to restore power.
- Obey all local, state and national electrical and fire codes.
- Store gasoline in approved fuel containers and out of children’s reach.
- Keep children away from generators.
- Have a fully charged, properly rated fire extinguisher (i.e., rated for electrical and gas fires) ready at all times.
- Connect generators to your utility service through receptacles, outlets, breakers, fuses or meter boxes.
- Replenish fuel in a generator while it is running.
- Attempt to repair a generator yourself, always call an electrician.
- Use a generator indoors or in attached garages. Only operate the generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from your home’s air intakes.