Always Use Generators in an Open, Well-Ventilated Environment
Learning about generator safety may seem unnecessary, but as a homeowner it’s important you know the dos and don’ts when dealing with your backup power system.
Reliable Power Systems recently installed a 48kw QuietSource generator in Coral Gables and because of the local flood zoning, we had to form and pour a tall reinforced concrete pad. The reason for the concrete pad is to keep it safe in case of flooding from serious storms like a hurricane.
But protecting your generator from a flood – and thus preventing you and your family members from electrocution – is not the only way you can use your system safely.
- Keep children away from your generator
- Always have a fully charged, properly rated fire extinguisher ready just in case of an emergency.
- Don’t try to install or repair a generator yourself! Have a licensed electrician help you.
- Never connect the generator to your utility service through outlets, breakers, fuses, or meter boxes.
- Store gasoline in approved fuel containers.
- Keep that gasoline away from children.
- Never put fuel back into the generator while it’s running. Shut it off before refueling.
- Never, ever use a generator indoors or in an enclosed area! Doing so could put you or others at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Only operate the unit in an outdoor, well-ventilated area.
Generators are a vital part to keeping you and your family safe in the event of a power outage, so you need to be just as safe when using it. Call Reliable Power Systems today for any generator repair or installation needs you have!
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