Downed utility lines, power company blackouts, heavy snow falls or summer storms can all lead to power outages. Many people turn to a portable generator for a temporary solution without knowing
Generatorsshouldbeusedinwellventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows and vent openings.
Neveruseageneratorinanattachedgarage, even with the door open.
Placegeneratorssothatexhaustfumescan’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building.
When plugging in appliances, make sure they are plugged directly into the generator or a heavy duty outdoor-rated extension cord. The cords should be checked for cuts, tears and that the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin.
If you must connect the generator to the house wiring to power appliances, have a qualified electrician install a properly rated transfer switch in accordance with the National Electrical Code® (NEC) and all applicable state and local electrical codes.
! COdeathsassociatedwith generators have spiked in recent years as generator sales have risen.
Makesuretoinstallcarbonmonoxide(CO)alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
Turnoffgeneratorsandletthemcooldown before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it
Storefuelforthe generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.
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