Generator Safety

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.