Usage and Safety 
generator safety

Generator Safety Tips:

Generators can be helpful during extended outages. Please review this safety information and always read, understand and follow the manufacturer's instructions for safe use.

  • Operate outdoors in a clean, dry area.  Never operate a generator indoors or near a building’s air intake.   Without adequate ventilation, carbon-dioxide, carbon-monoxide, and other dangerous gases can build up and become deadly.
  • Generator must be kept dry and properly grounded.
  • Don't touch a generator if you are wet or are standing in water or on damp ground.
  • After losing power, turn off main breaker or pull main fuse block.
  • Generators that are directly connected to existing wiring systems must use double-pole, double-throw (DPDT) transfer switch to prevent backfeed.
  • All electrical connections must comply with the National Electric Code.
  • Do not overload generator with too many appliances.  Get the right-sized generator for your needs.
  • Use properly sized extension cords in good condition.
  • Keep an approved, fully charged fire extinguisher nearby.
  • You may be liable for damage or injury to people and property that may result from an improperly installed or operated emergency generator.

Stay Safe - Reduce Fire Hazards

  • Don't store gasoline or other generator fuels in your home or near the generator.
  • Don't refuel the generator while it's running.
  • Don't smoke, use open flames, or operate electrical switches while handling fuel.
  • Don't store fuel in any container that isn't specifically designed for that purpose.

Additional Tips

  • Protect vital household circuits with Ground Fault Interrupters, devices built into wall outlets that trip out if current surges. If your home doesn't already have GFIs, an electrical contractor can install them at moderate cost.
  • Be sure to inspect and maintain your generator regularly.