When the power goes out many people turn to portable generators for electricity. Portable generators are a great asset to have but they can also pose serious safety hazards if not used properly.

Here are some tips on how to stay safe when operating a portable generator:

Always read and observe the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation.

Use heavy duty, outdoor rated extension cords with a wire gauge adequate for the appliance load.

If you are hard-wiring the generator to your home only use a qualified electrician to connect the generator to the house wiring.  Make sure the electrician also installs a manual transfer switch to prevent a backfeed and prevent damage to your generator, wiring and appliances when power is restored.

Only operate a generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

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