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How to Stay Safe While Using Your Generator

Before operating a generator there are many things you should know. These machines do not mess around; they are powerful and can cause serious damage. Here are some generator safety tips to follow to keep you and others free from danger.

Generators should never run indoors or in enclosed spaces. Injuries and deaths related to generators are mostly due to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by generators being used in areas that are not well ventilated. Opening doors and windows is not sufficient enough to prevent the buildup of the potentially fatal poison. These machines should always run outside, and be placed at a minimum of fifteen feet away from windows, doors, and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to enter your home.  If you find yourself feeling sick, weak, or dizzy, when operating a generator, seek fresh air at once. Since it cannot be seen or smelled, having a carbon monoxide detector can give you peace of mind that the harmful toxin is not in your home.

You should never refuel the generator while it is running. You should turn the machine off, and give it ample time to cool off before adding more fuel. A fire can occur as the result of spilling fuel on the hot surface. Letting the engine cool before refueling also reduces the chances of being burned during the process.

Generators should never operate in wet conditions. This includes when it is raining. However, with proper covering and venting, it can be safe for use during precipitation. The manufacturer will have recommendations for how to properly operate the generator under tents specifically designed for your model. If you are standing in water or have wet hands, you should not work with your generator as well.

Another generator safety tip is to not attempt to backfeed your home. This happens when the generator is plugged directly into a wall outlet. This is an extremely dangerous thing to do, and creates the threat of electrocution for utility workers and neighbors relying on the same utility transformer. There is also an increased risk of excess current and electrical fire for your appliances and electronics. Instead you should install a transfer switch before running a generator. This allows the machine to connect to your circuit panel and power hardwired appliances without the safety risk of using extension cords.

In preparation for using the generator, you may want to keep extra fuel at your home. It is important for fuel to be properly stored and only use approved containers. Keep the fuel away from living areas, and combustion appliances. Your local fire department can provide suggestions on appropriate storage locations if you are unsure.

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The Care and Keeping of Your Generator

By properly maintaining your generator, it has the potential to last for decades. Taking care of the generator will enable it to function correctly without the need for costly repairs.

For every use, ensure that the generator has enough gas. If the tank is not adequately filled and becomes empty when running, it can cause problems to arise. Damage can occur as a result of the magnetic field from the generator coils being exhausted. Your home’s electrical load will continue to draw out the magnetic field from the generator after it has stopped producing power. It is important to make sure that the tank is filled if you want to avoid having to revive the coils.

An enclosure or cover for the generator is a smart investment. Electricity is vulnerable to water and even the lightest rainfall may cause harm to one of the parts. The type of shelter you need is dependent on whether the generator is a portable or standby model. You could even build a structure to house the portable generator similar to that of a doghouse. To ensure a long life, do not leave your generator susceptible to precipitation.

To avoid premature burn-out, you should use heavy-duty cords that use less voltage. Relying on lighter cords will increase the voltage and increase the chances of burn-out. Also due to the noise generators create, it is in your best interest to get a longer cord that will allow you to sleep peacefully.

Manufacturers recommend that generators should be powered up every three months and left running for 30 minutes. The purpose of this is to keep the charge of the battery for the electric starter. This is an essential tip to make sure the machine is ready to go at any moment. The last thing you would want is to discover the generator will not start when you absolutely need it.

Keep a close eye on the inside components of the generator. Over time with usage, the essential mechanisms will experience wear and run low. This includes elements like air filters, spark plugs, and oil. It is a good idea to have a supply of filters and oil on hand so you are prepared to replace them when necessary. Monitoring the condition of the parts can prevent the machine from enduring damage. This is a crucial step for generator maintenance.

One of the best things you can do is to keep the manual for the generator nearby. Reading the manual will impart you with the knowledge on everything you need to know about your selected model. If your machine has any unique features specific to it, you should familiarize yourself with it before starting the generator up. The manual will provide the best information in the event of any problems. This is a good reference to have if proper generator maintenance is not upheld.

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