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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.


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