Generator Safety

Generator Safety

Generators can be an invaluable source of power following a major storm.  Safety considerations should be first and foremost when purchasing and installing a  generator both for you and your family and for lineworkers. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Never connect a generator directly to the electrical system of any building without the installation of a double-pole, double-throw transfer switch as required by the National Electrical Code.
  • Always ground the generator's electrical system adequately to avoid electrocution.
  • Always operate a generator in a clean, dry, well ventilated area to avoid electrical shock and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Never use worn, damaged, undersized or ungrounded extension cords with a generator.
  • Place the generator on a low-conductivity surface such as a concrete slab before operating.
  • Never exceed the load capacity of a generator by attaching too many items or items with very high load ratings.  This could result in a fire.
  • Never attempt to refuel a generator while it is running or hot.  Turn the engine off and allow it to cool before adding fuel.  Have a fire extinguisher in the immediate area certified to handle fuel fires.