Generator Safety

Generator Safety Infographic

When used properly, portable and standby generators are a great option to provide backup power during brownouts or blackouts. Learn how to use generators safely with the following tips:

Location

·    Always keep generators at least 20 feet away from your home

·    Never operate a generator in an enclosed space

·    Make sure the generator has 3-4 feet of clear space above and on all sides for proper ventilation

Use

·    Always use grounded cords and inspect cords for damage prior to use

·    Use the proper cord for the wattage being used

·    Always use GFCI protection

Transfer Switches

·    Transfer switches are the only way to safely power your home’s electrical system

·    Transfer switches allow you to choose between utility power or backup generator power

·    Using transfer switches prevents backfeeding

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

·    Make sure your home has CO alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home

·    CO can kill in as little as five minutes

·    If you experience CO poisoning symptoms, get fresh air, do not reenter areas, and call 911

Use Backup Power Safely