Risk Management Tip
During a power outage from a storm or natural disaster, portable generators can offer temporary power. For those who do not know how to use a generator properly, the result can be deadly. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take for your safety and for the safety of those in your home. Follow these guidelines for safe generator use:
- Read the manufacturer’s safety and operating manual before using your generator. Keep the owner’s manual with the generator in a zip-lock bag to keep it dry.
- Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage. Generators exhaust carbon monoxide and should not be used in enclosed spaces.
- Don’t connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring. A generator that is directly connected to your home’s wiring can “backfeed” into the power lines connected to your home.
- Don’t plug a portable generator into an electrical outlet in your home or garage. The correct way to use a generator is to connect a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated power cord to the generator.
- Refuel safety. Shut down your generator and allow it to cool completely before refueling. Gasoline should be stored in approved, non-glass safety containers.