Remember that Portable Generators Can Cause Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


Portable generators are very useful both during power outages and to supply electricity in an area where power is not accessible. It is necessary to read the manual before using a portable generator to ensure that you are using it properly.

Equipment Safety

  • Use new fuel for your generator. If you are going to store your generator for 30 days or more, use a fuel stabilizer to calm the petrol.
  • Allow the generator to cool before refueling, because vapors and fuel are extremely combustible.
  • Follow the maintenance schedule of your generator in order for it to work its best.
  • Do not coil the cords because it may cause them to get hot. Uncoil the cords and lay them on a flat surface.

Personal Safety

  • Read the manual and follow instructions when operating a portable generator.
  • Use your generator outside the home, and make sure the place is properly ventilated.
  • While using your generator, use a battery operated carbon monoxide detector.
  • Keep away combustible materials when operating your portable generator
  • Operate your generator on level ground
  • Use heavy duty cords for your generator to handle the electricity load.
  • Do not plug the generator into your home circuit directly.
  • Ask an electrician about Emergency Manual Power Transfer System if you are planning to connect the generator to your home electrical line.

Usage Tips

  • Determine the wattage guide and plan the appliances that you will connect with your generator.
  • Test your generator before the actual usage so that you will be familiar with how to operate it in case of emergencies.
  • Always have a flashlight ready to operate the generator easily in the dark.
  • Place your generator in a convenient place.
  • Ensure that the battery of your generator is fully charged, especially if it needs an electric start.
  • Operate your generator relatively often to lubricate the engine.
  • Keep a supply of new gasoline and make sure that an extension cord is always ready.
  • Plug the appliances in one after the other to avoid overloading.
  • Make sure that your generator has cooled down before storing it.
  • Cover your generator when not in use to avoid dirt and dust getting into the engine.


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