Generator Safety Tips

Generator Safety Tips

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.

  1. Pick a generator that will produce more power than you need.
  2. 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.
  3. Make sure the generator is off and cool before refueling.
  4. Use a heavy duty outdoor rated extension cord to connect to the generator. Speciality cords can come with the device.
  5. DO NOT use a gas powered generator inside your home.
  6. Use highest grade gasoline to power the device or add fuel stabilizers to insure it runs better.
  7. Do not overload your generator, only plug in what is absolutely essential.
  8. Do not plug your generator into a wall plug or try to connect it to your panel yourself.
  9. From my brother, turn off the carburetor and let the motor use the remaining fuel in the line before storing it for later use.
  10. 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.

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