Caution urged when using back-up generators
If you use a back-up generator when electric service is interrupted, make sure you know how to operate it safely. Unsafe operation can threaten you, your family, neighbors, and even the linemen working to restore power. Unsafe installation or operation may also result in a lawsuit and your insurance may not cover your liability.
Follow these guidelines to make sure you are operating your generator safely;
• Temporary use generators should not be connected to the circuit breaker or fuse box.
• Permanently installed generators should be wired into your home by a qualified electrician, using a transfer switch that prevents potentially deadly back-feed.
• They should only be operated while they are outside a home to prevent toxic and potentially deadly exhaust from entering a home.
• When refueling generators, allow the engine to cool to prevent a fire should the gas tank overflow.
• When starting a generator, disconnect all appliances that might be connected to it. That will not only protect them, but prevent a fuse from being blown on the generator
Following these guidelines will keep you and your family safe and with emergency power until your service is restored. Learn more at www.safeelectricity.org.