Carbon monoxide poisoning can be caused by engine exhaust from a portable generator. Be sure to use a battery operated carbon monoxide detector when you use a portable generator.
Portable Electric Generator Safety Tips
- Always observe the generator manufacturer's instructions for safe operation.
- Always run your generator outdoors in a well-ventilated area. The recommended distance is 20 feet away from any ventilation opening into the home.
- Maintain your generator engine according to the maintenance schedule for peak performance and safety.
- Do not operate the engine near combustible materials.
- Keep gas fresh. If you do not plan to use your generator for up to 30 days, stabilize the gas with a gas stabilizer.
- Place generator on level ground to operate.
- When using extension cords, be sure they are grounded and are a sufficient wire gauge for the application. Heavy duty outdoor rated cords will handle household appliance loads.
- Never plug your generator directly into your house circuit.
If connecting a generator into your home electrical system, have a qualified electrician install an Emergency Manual Power Transfer System.