Tips for using your generator safely

Once you’ve selected your generator, read the instruction manual carefully and follow all recommended safety instructions. Remember the four most important rules for using a generator safely:

  • NEVER use a generator inside your home, basement, or garage .
    Always place the generator outside in a well-ventilated area to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. As an extra precaution, get a carbon monoxide monitor for your home.
  • NEVER use an undersized extension cord.
    Size the extension cord to match your equipment, or get help choosing the right cords from an electrician or qualified supplier.
  • NEVER use generators in rain or wet conditions.
    The generator must be properly grounded and located in a dry area. You must have dry hands and be standing in a dry area while operating it.
  • NEVER refuel the generator while it’s hot.
    Allow it to cool completely before refueling and always keep a fully charged fire extinguisher nearby.