Portable Generator Safety

September 15, 2020

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be associated with engine exhaust from a portable generator.  Please have a battery operated carbon monoxide detector on hand if you are going to use a portable generator.  Do not place the generator in doors and keep the generator at lease twenty feet away from an existing structure (house).  Other generator safety tips are listed below:

Portable Electric Generator Safety Tips

  • Always observe the generator manufacturer's instructions for safe operation.
  • Always run your generator outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Recommend distance is 20 feet away from any ventilation opening into the home.
  • Maintain your generator engine according to the maintenance schedule for peak performance and safety.
  • Do not operate the engine near combustible materials.
  • Keep gas fresh. If you do not plan to use your generator for up to 30 days, stabilize the gas with a gas stabilizer.
  • Place generator on level ground to operate.
  • When using extension cords, be sure they are grounded, and are a sufficient wire gauge for the application. Heavy duty outdoor rated cords will handle household appliance loads.
  • Never plug your generator directly into your house circuit.

If connecting a generator into your home electrical system, have a qualified electrician install an Emergency Manual Power Transfer System.