AS WE HEAD INTO SPRING STORM SEASON, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO REVIEW THESE SAFETY RULES FOR PORTABLE GENERATOR USE.
Rule 1: Never connect a standby generator to your home’s electrical system. Here are the two safe ways to connect a standby generator to your equipment:
- Stationary generator: An approved generator transfer switch, which keeps your house circuits separate from the electric co-op, should be installed by a professional.
- Portable generator: Plug appliances directly into the outlet provided on the generator.
Rule 2: Set up and run your generator in a well-ventilated area outside the home. Make sure it’s out and away from your garage, doors, windows, and vents. The carbon monoxide generated is deadly.
Rule 3: Use a heavy-duty extension cord to connect electric appliances to the outlet on the generator.
Rule 4: Start the generator before connecting appliances.
Rule 5: When the weather creates wet or damp conditions, use a generator only when necessary. Protect the generator by operating it under an open, canopy-like structure on a dry surface where water cannot pool or drain under it.
Rule 6: Be sure the generator is turned off and cool before fueling it.
Rule 7: Keep children and pets away from portable generators. Many generator components are hot enough to cause burns during operation.
Save on your Electric bill and Request our Farmers EC Home Energy Efficiency Guide in the Efficiency hub.