Always use caution when operating a portable generator. Improper use can cause problems and injury to electrical utility workers as a result of feedback to the utility’s electrical distribution systems. For a permanent, hard-wired connection between your generator and your fuse box, check out our GenerLink™ service.
Here are some safety tips to remember:
- Do not connect a portable generator to your existing house wiring. Connect it directly to appliances, and only use approved and properly sized power cords.
- Operate generators outside, away from flammable objects. Keep children and pets away from portable generators.
- Never add fuel while a generator is running. Turn it off and let it cool first.
- Portable generators should be properly grounded before being used. Read your owner’s manual for instructions.
- The use of an extension cord that is connected to a neighboring home or business is discouraged. Depending on how the cord is connected to the home needing power, it can result in silent feedback to the utility’s electrical distribution system.
For instructions on how to safely attach a generator to your home electrical system, see this diagram.
This information is posted in the interest of the safety of our members and employees. Baldwin EMC is not responsible for any damage or injury resulting from or omitted from these generator safety tips.
While generators are a convenience, if used improperly, they can cause hazardous conditions for the homeowner and for electric utility crews working in the area. Learn more about GenerLink™, devices now offered by Baldwin EMC that can eliminate these dangers.