Portable residential generators can be handy for your home in case of power outage. There are some important safety tips to keep in mind when you use your portable residential generators in and around your house, however.
The first safety tip for residential generators is to never run them in an area that is enclosed or you run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Always keep a supply of gasoline to run your portable residential generators. This surplus should be kept in a DOT approved container. You may find that if there is a local failure you won’t be able to get any fuel refill from your local gas stations.
You should also keep several extension cables of industrial thickness and a few power strips handy so that you can deliver your generator-delivered portable power to the various appliances and equipment you need to power.
Always know your portable generator’s peak and average capacity. You don’t want to over load it.
Your home generator should be maintained every year. You should also turn it on and run it for five minutes every month or two to make sure your portable residential generator is in good running order.
You should never connect your portable generator’s output direct to your home electric system unless you’ve previously had an electrician in to install a transfer switch. If you haven’t had this done your generator can make the line into your house live, which would endanger any electric line workers who attempt repair.
The last tip is to avoid refilling your portable generator unless it is turned off. Should you spill gas when the generator’s engine is hot, you run the risk of the gasoline igniting, endangering you and putting your home in danger as well.