Generator Safety Tips You Should Know

If you’ve ever experienced a blackout, you know how inconvenient and sometimes scary it is to be without power. You start worrying about all the food in your fridge that could spoil before the electricity comes back, and your children may get scared from being in the dark, not to mention bored and restless without any shows or movies to occupy them. That’s why it’s a smart move to add a generator to your home as a backup power source. But you’ll also want to make sure you’re following proper generator safety to avoid any harm or injury to your home and family.

Generator Safety Tips:

  • Make sure to keep your generator dry. It’s supplying you with electricity, so adding rain or snow could result in your getting electrocuted. Cover your generator with a raised tent or tarp, and never have wet hands when operating it.
  • Let it cool before you refuel it. Before adding more fuel to your generator, turn it off, and let it rest and cool down for a bit since spilled gasoline could start a fire.
  • Store your fuel properly. Keep spare fuel in the proper container, and make sure to keep it out of living areas. It’s best to keep it in a locked shed away from any appliance that burns fuel such as your furnace or water heater.
  • Don’t plug your generator into a wall outlet. This could cause “back-feeding” and potentially risk electrocuting you, your neighbors, or utility workers.
  • Protect yourself from CO poisoning. Only use your generator outdoors, away from windows or vents, and always make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

Air Treatment Company offers highly tested, five-year-warrantied Kohler generators to give your and your family backup power options. We can handle all installation, repairs, and maintenance of your Kohler power system and offer free in-home consultations and cost proposals for whole house electrical generators. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us at (703) 270-0881.

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