Portable Generator Usage Guide

Portable Generator Usage Guide

Did you know that most carbon monoxide incidents happen because of improper use of generators? All generators have a labeled warning sticker that explains the risk of death should the generator be used inside a garage or a home. However, most people overlook this warning. Sadly, this ignorance has cost the lives of 400 people in the United States every year.

To fully understand the threats generators pose and the safety precautions they should take to prevent the risks, users must read manuals before beginning operations. It would help if you never run a generator inside your home or in the garage.

The generator should always be 20 feet or more away from any vents, doors, and windows. Generators emit carbon monoxide, and failure to adhere to this rule could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Other than the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, generators also pose the danger of electrocution. During power outages, most people resort to using portable generators as a power source for their homes.

Note that generators must never be used in wet weather as they pose a severe electrocution threat. It is worrisome how people engage in DIY projects to create a “dog house” to house their generator to ensure the generator remains covered during the rainy season. While it is done in good faith, it is a hazardous move that endangers the user.

Generators emit a lot of heat when running. Thus, if it is housed in a structure with four closed edges, it will probably run too hot. Besides, when stored in an enclosed space with flammable materials close by, a fire is highly likely to occur, leading to burning the entire house down.

If it is necessary to use your generator when it is either snowing or raining, ensure that it is completely shielded from moisture. An easy way to ensure it remains dry is by using generator tent products available in the market. Generator tents properly allow them to stay dry and cool while reducing the likelihood of electrocution. 

Generators are a real-lifesaver when the power runs out. However, they pose serious threats such as carbon monoxide poisoning, fire, and electrocution. Therefore, it is essential to read the manual and take all the recommended precautions when using a generator.

Juan Ellenberger

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