5 Things You Need To Know Before Operating A Portable Generator

     

Whether you’re doing yard work this summer or we get hit with a strong storm that wipes out power, portable generators can really come in handy. Not only can they provide power to your garden tools, they can help you get through a storm while your friends and neighbors are left in the dark. But before you fire yours up, there are some safety tips you MUST know:

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  • Before operation, be sure to read the generator manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Plug individual appliances into the generator using heavy duty, outdoor rated cords with a wire gauge adequate for the appliance load.

  • Never plug the generator into a wall outlet.

  • If connecting to the house wiring is necessary to operate a well pump, sump pump, furnace or other hard-wired equipment, have a qualified electrician install a manual transfer switch to prevent backfeed into our lines. The switch protects our workers and the public from getting injured by your power supply, and it prevents damage to your generator, wiring and appliances when power is restored.

  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, never use a generator indoors. Only operate a generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home, and protected from direct exposure to rain and snow, preferably under a canopy, open shed, or carport.

To install a portable generator you need to install a generator transfer switch. With this type of panel you can switch some of your home’s circuit off of the power grid and then power them from a local portable generator. Call GEN3 Electric today to find out how we can help! 

About The Author

Bill earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and Architecture, then founded Generation 3 Electric in 2000. His father, an electrician, was his inspiration. These days, Bill actively manages his company and enjoys focusing on new technology and marketing.