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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.