Safety Tips for Connecting and Operating a Portable Generator

By: Barney Garcia

While generators are immeasurably important devices and help us from countering power outages and black-outs, there are quite a few things one would need to keep in mind before using and connecting these portable generators for your use, either residentially or officially.

Home's wiring is not matched for your Generator use: Connecting your portable generator to your home's electrical power system or wiring can be the most lethal thing around, capable of burning your home to ashes in an instant. It is a must to have your electrical engineer or contractor install a transfer switch, which is used to load and unload power and is also sometimes able to cut-off the electrical output being produced by the generator, once the main-utility supply is restored.

Generator not to be loaded on to regular household's power outlets: Your portable generator should never be connected to the switchboards or the power outlets in your home because generators tend to energize or simply burn out the dead wiring in the household which can cause burns or shocks due to the surges in electric output. However, if it is inevitable and some appliances have to connected to electricity, switch boards are provided on the portable generator too which have to used for a direct connect to the currents.

Overloading the generator can cause problems: Adding more and more appliances or simply loading up the generator beyond its rated capacity can be dangerous to your connected appliances and even yourself. Use the portable generator on a priority basis and only when absolutely necessary.

Attached garages and indoors are not places where generators ought to be used: Engine – generators, which are mostly your portable ones, emit deadly exhaust fumes like your automobiles. You don't want your home, garage or other enclosed spaces to be alternatives to those German smoke chambers, do you? Make sure your generator is placed out-doors, well-ventilated and also covered from snow, rain, preferably under a canopy.

Manufacturer's guidelines for safety and usage: They are your bible for using and operating your generator. Please pay heed to their advice, use recommended oils and lubrication. Attend to the regular maintenance schedules and keep the standard operating procedures adhered to, all the time.

Most importantly, keep it away from children, ground your generator for preventing shocks, keep the fuels out and never store them indoors. Proper usage of generators ensures a safe and protected usage of the same, for longer durations. A utility like this ought not to cause any trouble, which would happen when rules are not adhered to and simply safety tips are simply neglected.

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