Stay Safe When Using a Generator
A portable generator can keep your lights and appliances running during power outages while linemen make repairs to restore electricity. Keep these tips in mind when using a generator:
Don’t run a generator inside any enclosed or partially enclosed structure, such as a garage. Using a generator indoors could be dangerous as carbon monoxide levels will rise faster indoors and could be fatal.
KEEP AT A DISTANCE
Put a generator outdoors at least 15 feet from doors, windows and vents to prevent dangerous carbon monoxide from entering your home.
Never connect a generator directly to your household’s outlets or electrical panel. Power from your generator could be sent back into power lines – which could electrocute linemen working on repairs. Use a qualified, licensed electrician to install a transfer switch to prevent electricity from "backfeeding."
USE APPROPRIATE EQUIPMENT
Use heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cords that can handle the electric load when plugging in appliances directly into a generator.
Turn off your generator and allow it to cool down before refueling.
Put your generator in a dry place outdoors under an open, canopy-like cover.