I woke up this morning to a request from my wife to run out and get a generator when the stores open. Hurricane Fiona is predicated to be a generational storm in size and intensity. The last major hurricane we had was Juan in 2003 which saw major damage and many of us without power for over a week.
So with Fiona due to hit us overnight I was off to the big box stores when they were opening their doors and was lucky enough to get a generator from Costco today. So if this is you as well, here are few safety tips.
- Pick a generator that will produce more power than you need.
- To avoid being electrocuted make sure to only use it once the rain and storm has passed. Electricity and water are not a good combination.
- Make sure the generator is off and cool before refueling.
- Use a heavy duty outdoor rated extension cord to connect to the generator. Speciality cords can come with the device.
- DO NOT use a gas powered generator inside your home.
- Use highest grade gasoline to power the device or add fuel stabilizers to insure it runs better.
- Do not overload your generator, only plug in what is absolutely essential.
- Do not plug your generator into a wall plug or try to connect it to your panel yourself.
- From my brother, turn off the carburetor and let the motor use the remaining fuel in the line before storing it for later use.
- Lastly but most importantly, don’t forget to ground it if necessary. RTFM for the instructions for your model.
Today I am thankful for the close proximity of the big box stores to my house, a fresh supply of generators that arrived this morning and several generous tips on it’s operation from my brother.
I look forward to hearing from you in regard to your mortgage needs.
p.s.s- I should tell you that I am licensed in Nova Scotia Brokerage (2021-3000179) Broker (2021-3000180), Ontario(M18001555) & in British Columbia(BCFSA #504098).
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