How To Use A Generator

Eve Sherrill York By Eve Sherrill York, 1st Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The basic use of a generator. Safety tips on using a generator.

Using A Generator

Having a portable generator when the power goes out can be very convenient. There are a few things to keep in mind so that you are safe during the use of this type of machinery.

A generator produces carbon monoxide so be sure to set the generator outside in a dry area. One should be placed at least 15 feet away from buildings. You want to keep the CO from coming indoors. It would be a good idea to install CO alarms indoors and check the batteries frequently.

Be sure to check the oil before starting the machine. Add oil as necessary. Always turn it off and let it cool at least ten minutes before refueling. Ask your local Fire Department for information on storing fuel. Only use fuel that is recommended in the instructions that comes with the machine or on the label.

Make sure it is in a dry area or under a canopy. Be sure your hands are dry before touching it to avoid electrocution. Keep the machine dry at all times.

Use a heavy duty, outdoor rated extension cord to connect appliances to the generator. You can connect appliances directly to the generator but since it is outside this may not be possible.

Be sure to check the amount of wattage you will need. Labels on appliances will tell you how much is needed. And the wattage on the label of bulbs will tell you what is needed to run lighting. If you do not have enough to handle all things then you will need to stagger usage.

If you over use you can blow a fuse on the generator or damage what you have connected to it. Permanently installed stationary generators are the best way to provide electricity during an outage. Never try plugging a generator into a wall outlet. This is a practice called “back feeding” and can cause electrocution of utility workers or even neighbors served by the same utility transformer. The best way to connect it is to have a licensed electrician install a power transfer switch.

Prices for generators can run from $350 for a 4000W to over a $1000. If you are unsure what wattage you will need call on a certified electrician to see what size you will need. Be sure to read all instructions that come with the generator. Failure to follow instructions could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning from the exhaust, electrocution, electric shock and possible fire.


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author avatar Carol Roach
1st Mar 2015 (#)

thank goodness I don't need one, the building has a generator for when the electricity goes out

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
2nd Mar 2015 (#)

That's good.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
1st Mar 2015 (#)

Great article on generators. We have a small one in the garage for when the lights go out. I wish we had a complete house generator. Smiles to you!

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
2nd Mar 2015 (#)

Smiles back. Thanks. I think everyone should have one and know how to use one.

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