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Generator Safety

A generator can be a great backup plan if the power goes out, but it must be used safely.

Generator Safety Precautions

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.

Proper use

Always run the generator outdoors and as far from the house as possible. Make sure it 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 toxic fumes from generators.

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.       

Turn off the main power switch in your home before operating the generator. Your generator should always be turned off while you are sleeping and when you are away from home. All equipment and appliances being powered by the generator should be turned off before the generator is shut down.

Monitor for carbon monoxide poisoning

There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of CO poisoning.

Learn about carbon monoxide