Safety tips for buying, using a portable generator
If you power your home with a portable generator during electrical outages, it is essential to consider the serious health and safety risks to you, your neighbors and unsuspecting line crews working in the area if not operated properly.
Keep the following in mind to protect yourself and others this storm season:
– Before you buy a generator, determine how much electricity you need for your home. Be sure to buy the right size generator.
– Read the operating instructions carefully before operating the generator.
– Do not connect a generator directly to your home’s electrical system. Plug appliances directly into the generator.
– Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage. Keep in an open, well ventilated area outside and away from open windows.
– Buy a battery-operated carbon-monoxide alarm, which will alert you if carbon monoxide levels become dangerous.
– Do not touch a generator if you are wet or standing in water.
– Consult an electrician if you have any questions about the safe operation of your generator.
For more tips for staying safe around electricity, visit lcec.net.