6 Ways to Properly Use Portable Power
Summer is official here in the Southern Tier! That means traveling outdoors, sometimes to places without power. So bring the power with you with a portable generator!
Portable generators should ONLY be used OUTSIDE, never in enclosed areas. They should be used far away from windows, doors and vents. The exhaust from the equipment contains carbon monoxide, which is a poisonous gas that you cannot see or smell and can kill you in minutes.
With that in mind . . . Here are 6 ways to properly use portable power:
- Read your owner’s manual before using the generator.
Follow all instructions in the manual.
- Read and follow all safety labels and instructions.
Read and follow all labels and instructions before using the generator.
- Only use OUTSIDE in a well-ventilated area.
Make sure your portable generator is located outside in a well-ventilated area and is not in contact with any flammable structures. Only use it outside and far away from windows, doors and vents.
- Clear any nearby debris.
Make sure the area is free of debris and is compliant with all local ordinances regarding placement near a building or residence.
- Use properly grounded power cords.
Make sure all wires are properly grounded and insulated and that your connections are secured.
- Turn off before you refuel or repair.
When it’s time to refuel your tank or repair your unit, you must turn off the unit and wait until it has cooled down prior to refueling or repairing it. Refueling or repairing the unit while it is running or hot is a fire hazard and may result in serious injury.