67% of fatalities involving a generator occur when it is placed in a living area or basement of a home. It’s common for homeowners to own and operate portable generators for a variety of reasons – whether it’s to power gardening or home improvement tools or stay safe during a severe storm. But what most homeowners don’t know is that portable generators can be extremely dangerous machines if used improperly. So before you become another statistic, read the safety tips below:
- Generators are not meant to operate inside your home or in any enclosed or partially enclosed space. This includes, garages, sheds and basements.
- A generator is only a temporary power source. It should never be used a permanent solution.
- Before turning on your machine, make sure it’s properly grounded with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.
- The only extension cords that should be used with a generator are three-pronged plugs that are rated for the intended load.
- NEVER connect generators to household wiring without installing a transfer switch first. This will prevent backfeeding which could electrocute utility workers performing repairs nearby.
- Generators should not be used within 20 feet of windows, door or vents to prevent carbon monoxide from entering your home.
At Lon Lockwood Electric, electrical safety is our number one priority. We put our electricians through rigorous training in order to keep you and your family safe! Give us a call today at (585) 766-4702 to learn all about our electrical services.