Important Generator Safety Tips
Things can be chaotic when the power goes out. Having a back-up
source of power may have lifesaving benefits for your home, loved ones
or business. If you plan on using an generator during emergencies and
power outages, it is vital that you take the proper precautions when
setting up and using your generator. Follow these simple guidelines to
help protect you, those around you and your generator.
• Always read and follow the manufacturer's operating instructions before running generator
• Engines emit carbon monoxide. Never use a generator inside your home, garage, crawl space, or other enclosed areas. Fatal fumes can build up, that neither a fan nor open doors and windows can provide enough fresh air.
• Only use your generator outdoors, away from open windows, vents, or doors.
• Use a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector in the area you’re running a generator.
• Gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable. Allow the generator engine to cool at least 2 minutes before refueling and always use fresh gasoline. If you do not plan to use your generator in 30 days, don’t forget to stabilize the gas with fuel stabilizer.
• Maintain your generator according to the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for peak performance and safety.
• Never operate the generator near combustible materials.
• If you have to use extension cords, be sure they are of the grounded type and are rated for the application. Coiled cords can get extremely hot; always uncoil cords and lay them in flat open locations.
• Never plug your generator directly into your home outlet. If you are connecting a generator into your home electrical system, have a qualified electrician install a Power Transfer Switch.
• Generators produce powerful voltage - Never operate under wet conditions. Take precautions to protect your generator from exposure to rain and snow.
Information and recommendations are compiled from sources believed to be reliable.
Published by The National Safety Council 04/ 09 . The National Safety Council makes no guarantee as to and assumes no responsibility for the correctness, sufficiency or completeness of such information or
recommendations. Other or additional safety measures may be required under particular circumstances.
See also Safe Generator Use | American Red Cross