Operate your generator incorrectly and you can wind up shocking the entire neighborhood. Sounds crazy, right? Well, there are lots of incorrect ways in which homeowners run their generators – all of which can lead to serious problems. See below for a list of common generator mistakes so you can avoid them entirely.
Common Portable Generator Mistakes
- Operating without a transfer switch – transfer switches isolate utility power and generator power to prevent backfeeding. This is when electricity follows wires and can harm those nearby, especially utility workers making repairs in the area.
- Running in confined areas – as a result of the harmful gases generators give off, they should never be turned on in enclosed spaces. This includes inside the house, in a garage or in a shed.
- Using as permanent power sources – generators are designed to be used temporarily and never as a permanent solution. If you need additional power sources, consider having new outlets installed instead.
- Overloading the machine – portable generators are only able to produce a certain amount of power. Never overload the generator by connecting too many wires or power cords.
- Using the wrong power cords – when using an extension cord, make sure it has a three-pronged plug and is rated for the intended load.
Following the safety tips above will ensure safe operation and keep yourself, your family and your neighborhood out of harm’s way.
For additional portable generator safety tips, don’t hesitate to call on the electrical experts at Lon Lockwood Electric today – (585) 766-4702. After all, safety is our top priority!