Portable generators provide great convenience during a power outage. But they can be extremely hazardous if used improperly.
1. DO install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and position generators outside, at least 25 feet from doors, windows and vents.
2. Make sure your generator is properly grounded with a portable GCFI to prevent electrical shock.
3. Always use a three-pronged extension cord rated to handle the load of a generator.
1. Do NOT operate a generator indoors!
2. Do not overload a generator with more devices plugged in than it can handle.
3. And do not connect a generator to household wiring unless you have a transfer switch installed. Without a transfer switch, power can backfeed into power lines and electrocute lineworkers making repairs.
Please call us if you have questions about the use of generators; we're here to help, 800-421-0283.