Exercise Extreme Safety Precautions when Using a Portable Generator
By Mark J. Donovan
||When using a portable generator it is important to first read its operating manual fully. Many people are injured and even killed annually due to improper use of portable generators. Portable generators can also cause fires and major damage to home electrical systems if used improperly.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
First and foremost it is important to use a portable generator outside, far from a home’s windows, doors and vent systems. The reason for this is that portable generators produce Carbon Monoxide (CO).
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that can kill, or cause brain damage to a person without them even realizing it. Consequently it is imperative to never use a portable generator in an enclosed area, including sheds, barns, or garages, even if the doors are left open. In addition, it is wise to use a battery powered Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector in the home or area where a portable generator is being utilized.
|If feeling headaches, nausea, or fatigue when a portable generator is in use, leave the premises immediately and shut down the portable generator.
Use of Proper Extension Cords
Second, it is important to use proper gauged extension cords with a portable generator and the appliances that are connected to it. Also keep in mind that a heavier gauge extension cord is required the longer the distance between the portable generator and the appliance being powered by it.
Never Backfeed an Electrical Outlet with a Portable Generator
Third, never use a portable generator to back feed the main power service panel via an electrical outlet. This practice can kill line workers and homeowners, as well as potentially damage the home electrical wiring system and cause a house fire.
Handle and Store Gasoline Properly
Finally, gasoline for a portable generator should not be stored in the home or garage. Instead it should be stored outside, or in a shed far from the home. Gasoline should always be stored in an approved container. In addition, a portable generator should not be refilled with gasoline until the unit has cooled down sufficiently. A hot portable generator engine is susceptible to igniting if gasoline is inadvertently spilled on it.
For help on building a new custom home, see HomeAdditionPlus.com’s New Home Construction Bid Sheet. The New Home Construction Bid Sheet provides you with the knowledge on how to plan a custom home building project, and what to look for when hiring contractors for your new home construction. It also includes a detailed cost breakdown table and spreadsheet for estimating your own new home construction building costs.
- Portable Generators Video
- Whole House Generator Installation Tips Video
- How to Adjust Motion Sensor Lights
Additional Electrical Wiring Resources from Amazon.com
Free Home Addition Price Quotes with No Obligation!
Fill out our 3-5 minute quick and easy form, and receive a free price quote on a house addition from one of our prescreened and licensed home addition contractors. This process is free and there is no obligation to continue once you receive your house addition price estimate.