Read your Owner’s Manual First – the following guidelines are not meant to replace your Owner’s Manual. Be sure to read it thoroughly and follow all instructions for operation & maintenance carefully.
Know the Hazards
Portable generators come in handy during electrical power outages but they also can pose a hazard when not used properly. Owners need to be aware of potential risks to their safety if the portable generator is run improperly, such as:
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Electrical (shocks / electrocution)
- Fire hazard from improper fueling and improper fuel storage. Remember – never store fuel indoors!
- Read the Owner’s Manual thoroughly and follow instructions carefully.
- Always use generators outdoors – keep running generators away from doors, windows or vents.
- Keep dry and operate in an open space w/ a protective canopy.
- Always dry your hands before touching the generator.
- Follow the Manufacturer’s directions for maintaining your generator.
- Never connect the generator directly to electrical system of a home or other structure.
- Be sure to plug appliances directly into the generator using only the manufacturer’s supplied cords. Also make sure any extension cords used are grounded (3-prongs), heavy-duty and free of damage.
- Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) as indicated by the manufacture’s guidelines.
- To refuel, shut down the generator & wait until it cools before refilling. Never store fuel indoors.
- Test CO2 Alarms frequently & replace batteries as needed.