Safety Tips for Using a Generator

Every day homeowners use generators to supply electricity when the power is out. Whether power is out because of a weather event or electrical repairs are being made to your home, it’s important that you know how to safely operate a generator to prevent accidents from happening.

The Dangers of Generators

What could go wrong using a generator? Actually, quite a few things. The primary hazards that generators present include the following:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Electric shock
  • Electrocution
  • Fire

Every year people are killed because they did not operate the generator on their property safely. You can prevent this from happening by reading the directions carefully and following the usage instructions.

One of the worst things you can do is to operate a portable generator indoors. This is a recipe for disaster and can cause carbon monoxide to build up quickly in the home. As you know, carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that is very deadly. It can seep into your home and make you sick. In the worst case scenarios, it can cause death while you sleep.

At My Irvine Electrician Hero, we recommend that households using generators install carbon monoxide detectors. These devices work similar to smoke alarms and save thousands of lives every year. Purchase battery-operated detectors to ensure the device is always working and change the batteries twice a year when you change your smoke detector batteries.

Fuel for Generators

Another safety measure you must take when running a generator is to use the correct fuel. Refer to the owner’s manual to make sure you’re using fuel that is approved for the machine. Also, make sure that you store unused fuel in an approved container away from the house and out of reach of children.

Avoid Long-term Generator Usage

Generators are intended as a temporary solution. If you’re experiencing electrical issues, call My Irvine Electrician Hero right away for service. Our services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at affordable prices and always accompanied by a 100% customer service guarantee.

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