Generators can be a life-saving backup. Though you may have received an introduction as to how to use it from an electrician, you may not know that there are some important safety points to keep in mind when using one. This guide offers a few essential tips to ensure you get the most out of this essential piece of equipment.
The Do Nots of Generator Use
- Do not connect your generator directly into an electric socket in your home or garage. Known as back feed, this is probably the most common mistake when using a generator and poses a real threat for damage to your home or serious injury.
- Do not use your generator in enclosed or wet environments. Aim to store it somewhere dry and keep at it least 30 feet from buildings that are inhabited. Also, be sure to use a well-ventilated area due to the fumes emitted.
- Do not run it for longer than necessary.
The Dos for Generator Use
It’s vital to have a generator that can produce sufficient power to avoid overloading it. Plan in advance for how much power you’ll need. Every extra demand on it will force it to work harder, so calculate ahead for what needs to run and then add some to be sure. Also,
- Remain aware when adding extra fuel.
- Never refuel around anything that risks causing a fire and also make sure your generator is turned off and cool before adding more.
- Follow all local regulations and manufacturer instructions for your unit.
Home Generators Baltimore
As a Baltimore resident, are you ready to purchase your first generator or does your current one need a look at? Generators require safe installation by a professional electrician who can determine its best location and the load it needs to handle and will have insight into local building regulations.
Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling’s electricians in Baltimore provide a comprehensive generator installation and maintenance service. We ensure your device is installed correctly and works when you need it most. Contact us today for more information.