A generator is a huge help for anyone in the event of power outages. The ability to keep your home comfortable and safe is a huge advantage. But how do you keep your generator running smoothly during a power outage? Here’s what you need to know.
First, if you’re using a portable generator, you need to think about safety first and foremost. You want to keep the generator away from the house, and you don’t want it in any enclosed areas. A portable generator can put off a lot of carbon monoxide fumes, which can be very dangerous, so you want to be away from that.
When choosing a place to keep the generator, place under an open canopy style structure to allow for ventilation, and also on a dry surface that doesn’t form puddles. This keeps you and the generator safe during wet conditions.
When you turn your generator on, make sure that nothing is plugged into it and turned on. Once the generator is running, turn appliances and lights on one at a time to avoid overload.
A generator that has been running has some very hot components. Keep kids and pets away from a running generator so avoid them getting burned. When it comes time to refuel, turn the generator off and let it cool down before refilling it.
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