With power outages following bad weather and hurricanes, you may decide to use a portable generator till the power is back on. But before you put your generator to use, there are some safety precautions you must know about to keep you and your family safe.
- Never run a generator indoors or in any enclosed space such as garages and basements. With no ventilation, carbon monoxide from the generator can be deadly. Keep generators outside and away from windows and doors. It is ideal to keep it at least 20 feet from your house.
- Don’t run your generator in rain or snow.
- Get a carbon monoxide detector for an extra level of safety.
- Don’t add fuel to a running or hot generator. Wait till it has cooled down.
- Don’t put too much fuel in the fuel tank. It might overflow into the engine and there needs to be room for fuel expansion.
- Don’t connect a generator to home wiring or into a homes wall outlet.