You know you’re buying a power generator, and you’ve read all of the previous blog posts, like Power Generators Part 4, so you know exactly what to look for. Owning a generator can be a great resource to use when the power goes out.

Here are some tips:

• As stated before, make sure you run your generator ONLY outside. Generators (and other items that produce exhaust), much like a car, produced carbon monoxide, which is both undetectable via sight or smell. Carbon monoxide can suffocate and kill a living being in minutes. If you’re operating your generator outside, make sure you keep it away from any doors or windows, also, so the carbon monoxide does not get the chance to enter your home. Even then, if you plan on using a generator, it may be a good idea to purchase a carbon monoxide detector for your home.

• When you first purchase your generator, make sure you start it up. Try to start it up once every month after, especially when you’re not using it.

• If you need to add fuel to your generator, turn it off and make sure it cools down before adding fuel.

• Store gasoline in only approved containers.

• Make sure you do not overload your generator by plugging in more than the generator can offer, and by reviewing the rated power on your generator.

• Never power your house by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. This is called “backfeeding” and can electrocute utility workers or neighbors who are working off the same neighborhood transformer.

• If you are installing a standby generator, consult with a licensed electrician to properly install a power transfer switch. Cote Electric LLC can help to assist you in all of your power generator questions, problems, and installations. We sell a variety of commercial, residential, and portable Generac generators, and are sure we will have one that fits your needs and budget.

Further reading on power generators and safety tips:
How to Use a Generator Safely
How to Choose the Right Generator for Your Home
Understanding Loads & Sizing