A generator can be a great backup plan if the power goes out, but it must be used safely. Taking the proper precautions can help protect you, your family, your neighbors and our crews working to restore power.
- Ensure that the generator you purchase is the right size for your needs, and is only used to power essential appliances or equipment.
- Generators, no matter the size, should always be installed by a licensed electrician and connected to your home’s wiring through a special transfer switch. This ensures electricity produced by the generator does not back-feed into our electrical lines, endangering the lives of utility line technicians.
- Always run the generator outdoors and as far from the house as possible.
- Make sure the generator is kept away from doors, windows and air vents to avoid potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning. Installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home can help you avoid a buildup of these toxic fumes.
- Turn off the main power switch in your home before operating the generator.
- Gasoline is highly flammable. Be sure that the generator is turned off before adding fuel.
- Keep children and pets away from the generator at all times.
- All equipment and appliances being powered by the generator should be turned off before the generator is shut down.
- Your generator should always be turned off while sleeping and when you are away from home.