Portable generators can be a substantial help for homeowners who want to anticipate any power outages that may disrupt their life. However, it is essential to know how to use your portable generator safely so that you don’t create further electrical issues or harm yourself or your property in the process. As you use your portable generator, remember these key safety tips to avoid damage to yourself and your generator.
Minimize Water Exposure
Excess moisture can wreak havoc on any power system. It can rust internal parts and components of your portable generator, which makes it less reliable overall and may demand repairs. In some cases, if you can’t repair your generator, you will have to buy a new unit.
This is why you should not use your portable generator in the rain or a wet environment without a barrier to protect it. When cleaning the generator, never spray water directly on the generator’s exterior. Instead, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe down the unit.
Maintain Your Portable Generator
Maintenance is key to ensuring a long life for your portable generator. Fresh oil and filters can go a long way toward protecting your unit from damage or decay. If you have no immediate plans to use your portable generator, make sure the fuel tank is empty and store the generator in a clean, dry area.
You should also run the system at least once a month for 30 minutes. This keeps the internal components lubricated and helps you identify potential problems before they become significant issues that need repairs.
Don’t Refuel a Running Unit
When refueling your generator, make sure the engine is turned off and has had time to cool down completely. A hot engine can be dangerous, especially if fuel happens to spill over while you’re refueling. The fuel could splatter on you and even cause second or third-degree burns on your body.
Don’t Use Your Portable Generator Indoors
Generators emit carbon monoxide (CO), a gas that is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. This gas is toxic for people and pets, but you won’t realize you’ve been exposed until it’s too late.
If you need to use your generator, place it outdoors a good distance away from any windows or doors. You should also have an electrician install carbon monoxide detectors in your home to be safe from this quiet gas at all times.
When you remember these essential tips, you can use your generator safely and effectively whenever you need to cover for a temporary power loss on your property.
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