When it comes to learning how to use a generator, safety is key, especially since incorrect usage is often fatal.
So here are 3 things you need to know:
They call it the silent killer.
Odourless and colourless, carbon monoxide poisoning is just one of several ways that your handy-dandy portable generator can kill you…if you use it incorrectly.
Other ways include electrocution, fires and burns.
And yet, despite all these potential deadly risks, when you really need electricity a portable generator is extremely useful.
So to help you get started safely, here are the top 3 safety tips for how to use a generator safely.
Safety Tip #1: Never use a portable generator inside. Don’t use it inside a home, garage, crawlspace, shed or other enclosed area. Keep your portable generator outside and far from doors, windows and vents.
Safety Tip #2: Never plug your portable generator into a wall outlet. This creates an effect known as “backfeeding” which is extremely dangerous and presents a huge risk of electrocution.
Safety Tip #3: Keep the generator dry. And if your hands are wet, make sure you dry them before touching the generator.
There are many others of course such as having CO detectors in the house or turning off the generator and letting it cool down before refueling it. And all of these should be outlined in the manufacturer’s instructions that came with the generator. Make sure you follow these instructions to the letter.
But if nothing else, make sure you follow the top 3 tips outlined above:
- • Never use a portable generator inside
- • Never plug your portable generator into a wall outlet.
- • Keep the generator dry
Follow these rules and your portable generator will be your new best friend…instead of your most deadly enemy.