Today, more and more people are purchasing stand-by or backup generators for their homes and businesses. These can be a big help during power outages, but safety should be a major concern. If you are going to have the generator feed your home directly, you should contact a licensed electrical contractor to wire the unit safely and according to the Electrical Code. This will help prevent dangerous situations from happening to you and the electrical personnel restoring power.
Always use caution when operating a portable generator. Improper use can cause problems and injury to electrical utility workers as a result of “feedback” to the utility’s electrical distribution systems.
Here are some safety tips to remember:
- Do not connect a portable generator to your existing house wiring. Connect it directly to appliances, and only use approved and properly sized power cords.
- Operate generators outside, away from flammable objects. Keep children and pets away from portable generators.
- Never add fuel while a generator is running. Turn it off and let it cool first.
- Portable generators should be properly grounded before being used. Read your owner’s manual for instructions.
- The use of an extension cord that is connected to a neighboring home or business is discouraged. Depending on how the cord is connected to the home needing power, it can result in “silent feedback” to the utility’s electrical distribution system.
This information is posted in the interest of the safety of our customers and employees. Jones-Onslow EMC is not responsible for any damage or injury resulting from or omitted from these generator safety tips.