Tips for Safe Generator Operation:
- Always read and follow all manufacturer operating instructions.
- Never connect a standby generator into your home's electrical system.
- Stationary generator - a professional should have installed an approved generator transfer switch, which keeps your house circuits separate from the utility and keeps lineman safe as they work to restore power.
- Portable generator - plug your appliances directly into the outlet provided on the generator.
- Set up and run your generator in a well-ventilated area outside the home - out and away from your garage - away from doors, windows, and vents into your home. The carbon monoxide the generator produces is DEADLY.
- Start the generator first - BEFORE connecting appliances.
- Use a heavy-duty extension cord to connect electric appliances to the outlet on the generator.
- Keep the generator dry.
- Keep children and pets away from the generator when it is running.
- Give the unit several breaks during the day. Most portable generators are not designed to run 24/7.
- Always switch the engine off and allow it to cool before adding fuel.
- Test the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) on the generator every time you fire up the engine.
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