Storms are rampant this time of year. With that in mind, you may find yourself using your backup generator more often than you’d like. Safely using that generator is key, as they can be dangerous if you’re unfamiliar with them. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when using your generator this season.
When operating a generator:
- Read and follow the operator’s manual closely before turning on your generator.
- Leave the generator outside! NEVER place it inside your home.
- Direct exhaust away from windows, doors, and vents.
- Do not operate a generator in partially enclosed spaces, even if using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation.
- Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors/alarms throughout your home to ensure you are aware of the presence of CO gas. You cannot see, smell or taste CO. Generators produce this toxic gas, and it can be deadly.
Fire and Electrical Safety Hazards:
- Operate the generator on a dry surface where water cannot reach it, puddle or drain under it.
- Dry your hands, if wet, before touching the generator.
- If you must use a generator in wet conditions, protect it from moisture to help avoid shock or electrocution hazard.
- Never store the fuel for your generator inside the home. Gasoline, propane, kerosene, and other flammable liquids should be stored outside of living areas in properly-labeled, non-glass safety containers. Do not store any of these substances near a fuel-burning appliance, such as a natural gas water heater in a garage.
- Before refueling a generator, turn it off and let it cool down for at least two minutes before removing the fuel cap.
Weather Master electricians are trained and certified to handle an assortment of problems, so keeping the lights on won’t be an issue. If you’re experiencing electrical, plumbing or HVAC problems give us a call at (919) 853-7910 , or schedule an appointment online today!