Losing power during a storm, brownout or blackout leaves a funny feeling because the security of having full utility when needed is no longer available. A generator can provide some level of security and help until power is restored. Using one safely is the priority though and education on generator safety is life-saving. Here is a list of items to keep in mind if using a generator for personal use from the National Fire Protection Association.

1. Never use a generator indoors

When using a generator, keep in a well-ventilated area away from all openings. Never use in any space that can contain fumes like a garage, balcony, or rooftop.

2. Install alarms

Our electricians at SPS Electric can install carbon monoxide alarms in your house or business. These will ensure that no fumes from your generator are making their way into the structure.

3. Follow guidelines for your generator

A cool generator is the best for fueling or refueling times. Only store fuel in containers made to hold fuel. Do not store fuel inside.

4. Take care with cords

Plug appliances into your generator directly or use a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord. Check the cord for cuts, tears, or missing prongs.

5. IMPORTANT – Get an electrician to do the installation!

NFPA states that “wiring should never be directly tied into the distribution panel, where it could potentially” be a problem. “A transfer switch should be provided.”