The portable generators are highly useful machines, especially in situations when temporary or remote electric power is required. However, they can also be very dangerous and require extreme caution when operated. Recent reports have showed that every year a large number of people are injured in operations that involve portable generators. Furthermore, some portable generators that are powered by gasoline or diesel release toxic CO2 gas emissions that can be extremely harmful if the portable generators are used for indoor operations.
For safe operations, you need to follow the manufacturer’s operating manual and instructions, as well our suggested safety tips every time you use a portable generator. Pay close attention to the following safety considerations:
The portable generators must be placed in a well-ventilated area. So never run a portable generator inside a partially closed space. As mentioned above, the gasoline-powered portable generators produce harmful gases and fumes which can be deadly.
Leave the area where portable generators are used in case you start to feel dizzy.
Plug your electrical equipment directly into the generator by using a heavy duty and properly grounded extension cords.
Check the entire length of each cord to ensure there is no cuts or tears and that the plug has all three prongs.
Limit the number of electrical equipment that needs to be powered by the portable generators.
Gasoline is highly flammable, so before refueling your generator, turn it off and let it cool down for at least 2 minutes before removing the fuel cap.
Never store fuel for your generator in your home. All flammable liquids must be stored outside in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers.
To reduce the risk of fire, keep the generator away from any flammable material.
The portable generators involve risk of shocks and electrocution, especially when operated in wet conditions. Place the generator on a stable surface and keep it dry during the operation. If you need to use your generator in a wet ground, protect the generator from moisture in order to avoid shock/electrocution dangers.
If you have any doubts about how to properly use the portable generators, you can contact the manufacture or a licensed electrician for further assistance.