During a storm where there is a power outage, generators come in very handy. When using a generator you need to take many precautions. We at SERVPRO would like to give you a few very helpful tips on safely operating a generator.
- Positon generator outside and away from any structure. Running a generator inside can cause fatal levels of carbon monoxide. Keep generators at least 15 feet away from your home/business to prevent exhaust from entering.
- Disconnect to the power source coming into your home/business. Power from the generator could be sent back into the utility line causing hazardous conditions for utility workers.
- Make sure your generator is properly grounded. Grounding your generator helps prevent shocks and electrocutions. Refer to the OSHA guidelines for grounding requirements.
- Plug equipment directly into the generator. Use a heavy-duty, outdoor extension cord, which has a wire gauge that can handle the electric load of any connected appliances.
- DO NOT plug generators into a wall outlet. Never try to power a generator from a wall outlet or main electrical panel. Only a licensed electrician should connect a generator to the main panel by installing the proper equipment according to the electrical codes.
- Make sure you have enough fuel to run your generator. Always turn off and let the generator before refueling. Inspect and maintain your generator regularly.