Many homeowners have a generator on stand-by for power outages. Here are a few basic reminders related to generators.
Remember misuse of generators can have serious outcomes
Never run a generator in an enclosed space or indoors.
Most generator-related injuries and deaths involve CO poisoning from generators used indoors or in partially enclosed spaces. Always place the generator at least 15 feet from the house and away from doors and windows.
Don’t run a portable generator in the rain.
The exception is if you cover and vent it.
Before refueling, turn off a gasoline-powered generator and let it cool.
Stock up on extra gasoline and store it properly.
Adding stabilizer to the gas in the can will help it last longer, but don’t store gasoline near any potential sources of heat or fire, or inside the house.
Avoid electrical hazards.
If you don’t yet have a transfer switch, you can use the outlets on the generator if you follow certain precautions. It’s best to plug in appliances directly to the generator using only an undamaged properly rated extension cord.
Install a transfer switch before the next storm.
connects the generator to your circuit panel and lets you power hardwired appliances while avoiding the glaring safety risk of using extension cords.
Don’t attempt to backfeed your house.
Backfeeding means trying to power your home’s wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. This reckless and dangerous practice presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same utility transformer.