This article provides tips on how to safely use a portable generator during a power outage. It is important to never run the generator indoors as carbon monoxide buildup can be deadly. The generator should be kept in a dry, level area and secured with tie-downs or ratchet straps. It is also important to properly ground the generator and to use a clean, dry funnel to fill it with the appropriate type of fuel. To start the generator, follow the instructions in the owner's manual being careful never to touch the engine while it is running. It is also important to regularly perform maintenance on the generator, such as changing the oil and spark plugs.
How to safely operate your generator.
If you own a generator, it's important to know how to operate it safely. For example, never run a generator inside your home or garage, as carbon monoxide buildup can be deadly. Also, make sure to keep the generator dry and away from any damp areas. And, be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions carefully before operating the generator. By following these tips, you can keep yourself and your family safe when using a generator.
What to do when the power comes back on.
After a severe storm or other disaster, you may be without power for days or even weeks. When the power finally comes back on, there are a few things you should do to ensure your safety and protect your home. First, check for any damage to your electrical system. If you see any damaged wires or outlets, do not attempt to repair them yourself. Call a qualified electrician to make any repairs. Next, check all of your appliances and electronics to make sure they are not damaged. If any are damaged, do not plug them in or turn them on. Discard any appliances or electronics that appear to be damaged beyond repair. Once you have checked for damage, you can begin to turn on your appliances and electronics one at a time. Start with the largest appliances, such as your refrigerator and stove, and then work your way down to smaller items. Be sure to keep an eye on your electrical usage. With so many appliances and electronics turned on, your home may start to overheat. Turn on fans or open windows to help circulate air and keep your home cool. If you have a generator, you may be tempted to use it to power your home. However, generator use can be dangerous if not done properly. Never use a generator indoors, and be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for use. By following these steps, you can ensure that your home and family are safe when the power comes back on after a storm or other disaster.
How to properly set up and refuel your generator.
If the power goes out, your generator can keep your home warm (or cool), cooking, lights on, and charge your phones. To make sure it's always ready to go when you need it, follow these tips for properly setting up and fueling your generator. First, choose a level, dry area for your generator. If you need to move it, use a dolly or handcart – never try to roll or carry a generator by yourself. Once you have it in place, use tie-downs or ratchet straps to secure it. Next, make sure the generator is properly grounded. Use a grounding rod and clamp or bury bare copper wire in the ground. Now it's time to start adding fuel. If your generator has a built-in tank, fill it with fresh, unleaded gasoline. If it has an external tank, use Unleaded gas, propane, or natural gas – whatever your model is designed for. Never mix fuels, and always use a clean, dry funnel to avoid spillage. Once the tank is full, check the oil level and add fresh oil if needed. Consult your owner's manual for the proper type and amount of oil to use. Now you're ready to start your generator. Follow the instructions in your owner's manual, being careful to never touch the engine while it's running. Allow it to run for a few minutes to warm up, then turn on appliances one at a time. Start with the essentials like your refrigerator and furnace, then add lights and other devices as needed. To keep your generator running smoothly, always refuel before the tank is empty. And be sure to perform regular maintenance, such as changing the oil and spark plugs, according to the schedule in your owner's manual.