Use your generator safely during a power outage.
Generators are great...especially when you lose power. However, generators can be dangerous when not used properly.
- Only operate your generator outside in a dry area. Never take a generator inside the home or garage.
- If you are using extension cords make sure you use the proper sized cords.
- Avoid overloading your generator by plugging in too many appliances.
- If you want to wire your generator directly into your home's existing electrical system you should have a licensed electrician hook up your generator . . . in most cases you will need to throw a switch before using your generator.
- Only fuel your generator when it is not running and keep all fuel away from the generator and outside the home.
- Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning- click here to learn more.
Finally, if you see an electrical repair crew working in the area it's a good idea to let them know you're using a generator. This will keep them safe and they can advise you when you'll be able to switch off the generator as power is restored to the area.
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