How To Properly Use a Generator to Keep Your Family Safe

There is a good reason people stress the importance of home generator safety tips and guidelines. The appreciation and value of a generator when the power goes out is unmistakable. That value also makes generators so popular and why you can find them stored away for emergencies in so many homes. 

The problem, however, is that improper generator use can also be deadly. Generators are simply gas-powered machines, engines essentially, that create power that is converted into electric power or energy, or in electrical terms, current. The primary concern regarding generators, though, is the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. And that is also the reason why safely using a generator is vital.

Generators can keep the refrigerator and freezer running when the power goes out, saving you time, money, and headaches. During a power outage, generators can also power other appliances, lights, and any electrical items in the home. That makes generators a highly sought-after piece of equipment, but remember the cautionary tales.

Tips for Safely Using a Generator

Here are some guidelines and tips for how to safely use a generator. These tips will help keep you and your family safer and allow you to enjoy the benefits of your generator with peace of mind.

  • Distance: The greatest safety rule when using any type or size of generator is the 20-foot rule. That simply means when running your generator, keep it at a minimum of 20 feet away from your home.
  • CO2 Tester: These devices are the only way to know and react to dangerous CO2 levels before it’s too late, and they should go hand-in-hand when using a generator.
  • Keep It Dry: Do not operate a generator when it is raining unless you have a tent or generator cover to keep it dry. This will not only protect the generator, but it will also keep you from the risk of getting shocked too.
  • Repair and Replace: Be sure to repair and replace any cords, parts, guards, or mechanical issues with your generator. If you are having mechanical problems or need parts replaced, it is advisable to get professional repair services.

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