Safety Tips for Portable Generator Use

Safety Tips for Portable Generator Use (Image 1)

Strong winds and heavy rain can often lead to power outages. Although portable generators can be useful, they can also be dangerous. Greenville Utilities urges everyone to learn about the key safety procedures to keep you and your family safe.

“For portable generators, you should never try to back feed your entire house or back feed a circuit on your home,” says Jeff Byrd, Greenville Utilities Electric Distribution Engineer.

Mistakes like that could destroy the wiring in your home. Byrd says that you should take the time to preview the instructions listed on your generator, and follow the important Do’s and Don’t’s.

Safety Do’s

  • Make sure you shut down your generator before refueling.
  • Keep the generator dry.
  • Use ground-fault circuit interrupters.
  • Only use cords supplied by the manufacturer.

Safety Don’t’s

  • Never place your generators near doors, windows, or vents.
  • Do not use indoors.
  • Do not attach a generator directly to an electrical system without a transfer switch.

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