Portable backup generators are less expensive that whole house generators but require set up and fueling by the homeowner each time they are used. They also raise safety concerns, including carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution, fire, and damage to appliances and other electrical equipment.
Here are some important safety guidelines for operating a portable generator:
- Only operate a generator in the open and at a safe distance from your home.
- Don’t use a generator in an enclosed storage building, garage, carport, basement, crawlspace, or near an open window or door.
- Never attach a portable generator directly to the wiring in your home.
- Instead, plug electrical devices into a heavy duty extension cord that is attached to the generator.
- Be sure the combined wattage of all the devices that are plugged into the generator does not exceed the rated capacity of either the generator or extension cord.
- Turn the generator off and allow it to cool before filling it with fuel.
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