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Generator safety is extremely important. If you are in need of backup power and would like to have a portable generator connected to your home via a manual transfer switch or panel interlock kit contact us for a guaranteed safe and professionalal installation.

Here are some basics regarding portable generators. But the first thing to do is Read the Instruction Booklet or Manual that came with the generator. If the manual is lost or missing, contact the generator's manufacturer.

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Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage. A portable generator is an internal combustion engine that exhausts a deadly gas called carbon monoxide or CO. CO is odorless and colorless, and you can be overcome if the generator is indoors. Be sure to place the generator outside where exhaust fumes will not enter into enclosed spaces. Only operate a generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home. The generator should be protected from direct exposure to rain and snow.

Don't connect your generator directly to your home's wiring. Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your household wiring can be deadly. A generator that is directly connected to your home's wiring can 'backfeed' into the power lines connected to your home. Utility transformers can then increase this lower electrical voltage to thousands of volts. That's more than enough to kill a utility lineman making outage repairs many miles away. You could also cause expensive damage to utility equipment, your home appliances, and your generator.

Don't plug a portable generator into an electrical outlet in your home or garage. If a generator is plugged into your home's electrical circuits, it can still 'backfeed' power into the utility company lines, which can injure or kill utility workers fixing on the downed power lines.

Do not store gasoline for the generator indoors. Gasoline should be stored in approved, non-glass safety containers. Don't store gasoline in a garage if there's a water heater or other fuel-burning appliance in the garage. Vapor from gasoline is heavier than air and can travel invisibly along the floor. It could be ignited by a pilot light or other source of flame, such as an electric spark.

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Shut off the generator before refueling. Turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting it down. Always have a fully charged, approved fire extinguisher located near the generator.

Stay away from the muffler and other hot areas. Many generator parts are hot enough to burn you during operation.

Keep children away from portable electric generators at all times.

For best safety practice, contact us so we can install an approved cut-off switch / Transfer switch that will automatically disconnect the home from the power grid when the generator is being used.