Portable Generator Safety
Portable generators must be used correctly or they can create significant hazards. Be sure to read your owner’s manual and instructions before operating.
Never connect a portable generator to your home’s wiring or an outlet. This can energize outside power lines and endanger our workers.
- Connect appliances you want to use directly to the generator.
- Operate your generator outdoors—NOT in a garage, carport or storage room. It requires ventilation.
- Do not operate a generator while standing in wet conditions. This could cause electrical shock to anyone who comes in contact.
- Make sure the generator is grounded so it does not become electrically charged.
- Do not attempt to fill the generator’s gas tank while it is operating, as the gasoline may ignite.
- Do not tamper with the engine speed adjustment. This could cause overheating and start a fire.
- Have a charged fire extinguisher nearby as a precaution.
- Be sure your generator has ample capacity to supply the lighting, appliances and other equipment you plan to connect. Do not overload.