Ideas For How To Safely Operate Your Portable Generator

The portable generators are very useful devices, designed to produce electrical energy which can be used for powering various electrical appliances. They are heavily used as back up power solutions in situations of complete power breakdowns. Portable and compact, these generators can be moved from one place to another very easily. As a result, the portable generators are essential machines for every remote job site where no power outlets can be found.


Although helpful in various situations when stable power is needed, the portable generators can be extremely dangerous machines if not operated properly. This is because the portable generators are powered by engine that runs on diesel or gasoline. If you plan to buy a portable generator, consider our tips for safe and efficient operation:

  • Before you start the portable generator, read the manufacturer’s instructions – especially the instructions about the installation.
  • Don’t use portable generators inside your home, garage, basement or any other partially-enclosed spaces.
  • Since the portable generators run on diesel or gasoline, they should be used only outside.
  • In cases when a portable generator is used near to your house, you need to install battery-powered carbon monoxide alarms or plug-in alarms with battery backup according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Remember, smoke alarms do not detect carbon monoxide gases.
  • Always place the portable generator with the engine exhaust pointed away from you.
  • Make sure your hands are dry before touching the generator.
  • Operate the generator on a dry surface. However, if you must use the device in wet conditions, make sure to protect it from moisture in order to avoid electric shocks.
  • Use only heavy-duty extension cords designed for outdoor applications, and pay attention on the wattage ratting.
  • Before refueling the generator, let it cool down for few minutes and then remove the fuel cap.
  • Never store fuel for your generator inside your home. The fuel must be stored outside and away from fuel-burning appliances.
  • The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are very similar to the cold and flu symptoms. If you experience any symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, get away from the place where a portable generator is used and call for emergency medical attention.

By having in mind all these things, you can be sure that everybody around you will be safe and well protected when portable generators are used.

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