A generator is useless if you don’t know to use it. More importantly, it can be life-threatening with improper usage. To keep your household safe and comfortable, learn how to use a generator during a power outage.
Luckily for you, we’ve discovered official tips from the Washington State Department of Health. Always remember the following actions in case of emergencies:
- Read the user’s manual and follow its instructions to start the machine (your generator might have special features).
- Don’t overload the generator to avoid damage on its fuse and your devices.
- If you have a portable generator, don’t use it indoors to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- When placed outdoors, your generator should be 20 feet away from your home (the farther, the better).
- Since the generator is away from your house, use an outdoor-friendly extension cord so you can still plug your appliances.
- Never leave your generator in the rain to prevent electrocution.
- For a power outage that will last for days, you need to refuel your generator.
- Turn the machine off and leave it to cool down before you pour gasoline.
- Don’t spill the gasoline to prevent fire.
- Only use the right type of fuel for your generator model.
Every homeowner should know how to use a generator during a power outage. Generators are complex machines, so be careful when using them.