When using a portable generator, it’s important to safeguard yourself and your family from potential dangers.

    • Carbon Monoxide: This invisible, odorless gas from gasoline powered generators is deadly, so never run a generator indoors or even a partially enclosed space like a garage. Only operate generators outdoors away from windows, doors, crawl spaces, and vents.
    • Fuel: Gasoline used to power portable generators is extremely flammable. Never refuel a generator when it’s running or still hot, since spilled fuel could cause a fire or explosion. When you do fill the tank, leave room for the fuel to expand.
    • Wiring: Never connect a portable generator directly to your home’s wiring, as it can backfeed through power lines and injure utility workers. A professionally installed manual transfer switch is the only safe way to connect a portable generator directly to your home’s electrical system. Otherwise, use heavy duty extension cords to connect appliances to the generator, and be sure to unplug them before stopping or starting the generator.
    • Load: Be sure not to overload your generator. Prioritize your needs to make sure the equipment you operate doesn’t exceed the generator’s output rating.
  • Electrical Shock: We all know water and electricity don’t mix, so don’t operate a generator in the rain or snow. Choose a flat, level spot with several feet of clearance on all sides and be sure the unit is properly grounded to avoid the risk of electrocution.
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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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