When using a backup power generator, it’s crucial to follow all safety guidelines. According to Consumer reports, from 2005-2017 over 900 people died of carbon monoxide poisoning due to a portable generator. Thankfully, backup power generators are perfectly safe when used properly. We created a list of everything you need to know about backup power generator safety tips.
Only Run The Generator Outdoors
Never run a generator indoors or in any type of enclosed space. If you do so, you run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Instead, locate your generator outside, at least 20 feet from your home, with the exhaust pipe facing away from it.
Re-Cool Before You Refuel
If your generator is gas powered, you should turn it all the way off and let it cool down before you add more fuel. This ensures that the gasoline won’t ignite on hot parts of the unit, burning you or starting a fire.
Appropriately Store Your Gasoline
Gasoline should be in an appropriate container and stored in a cool, dry place. Make sure to have extra on hand so you can use the generator for as long as necessary. With that being said, double check what kind of fuel your generator uses- some can run on propane or diesel. You’ll want to ensure you’re fueling up with the appropriate thing.
Look For A Transfer Switch
A transfer switch, installed by an electrician, connects the generator to your home’s internal circuitry. This means you can use your home’s outlets and not have to plug in to the generator directly. This is a convenient and safe option for generator use.
Check It’s Surroundings For Any Electrical Hazards
If at all possible, don’t use an extension cord with a portable generator. It is best to plug things directly into the generator itself. If you do really need an extension cord, use one that is heavy duty and designated for outdoor use.
Never Try To “Backfeed” Your Home
If you’re not familiar with backfeeding, it is the idea of plugging a generator into one of your wall outlets to try to direct the electricity from the generator into your home’s wiring. This is a very dangerous practice, and should never be done. Always follow the instructions that come with your generator.
Stay Away From Overloading It
Take care not to overload your generator by plugging in too many appliances. Check how many watts each appliance that you plug in uses against how many watts your generator is, and then do not exceed that amount.
Keep Away From Water
Whenever dealing with electricity, it is important to keep it away from water, and this holds true with backup generators. Don’t set up your generator in a puddle, for example, and try to keep it dry when it rains. If you want you can create a vented covering for the unit, but you would need to make sure that no parts of it will catch fire from the generator.
Please contact us today if you have any questions on backup power generator safety tips. At Climatech, your safety is important to us. We hope you learned a lot from this list of backup power generator safety tips.