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5 Tips for Proper Use of a Generator During a Power Outage

5 Tips for Proper Use of a Generator During a Power Outage

Nothing is more frustrating than an unexpected power outage. Being prepared is crucial if your power’s knocked out during a storm, an electric vault, or something else. Power outages can leave you feeling like there’s nothing left to do, but there is a lot! Really. There is. A generator makes power outages easier to deal with. However, even with this backup power source, you need to use it right to prevent any disaster from improper use. To help, here’s a list of five tips to follow for the proper use of a generator during a power outage.

Choose the Right Generator

Determine how much power your appliances and devices generate to determine the right generator for your needs. This way, you get a generator with enough wattage to power your home. The biggest kicker in picking the right generator is shopping the brands. You don’t want to buy a generator from a poorly rated company or one without genuine reviews. Research companies you’re considering to ensure their products are durable and efficient.

Keep the Generator Outside

Never place your generator inside a house or commercial building—you increase the fire risk, and the exhaust fumes are toxic. You should have an open space outdoors away from doors, windows, vents, and people. The generator produces carbon monoxide gas that causes suffocation if inhaled in large amounts. Also, ensure the generator is in an accessible, unhidden spot.

Avoid Overloading

Avoid overloading your generator. Overloading it can cause damage and electric shock. To avoid overloading, use a long heavy-duty cable to plug it in if it’s far away from the house—doing this prevents extension cord errors.

Perform Regular Maintenance

The best way to ensure a harder-working generator is by doing regular maintenance. Clean the generator between uses, check the oil levels often, and replace air filters. Doing these small tasks improves the generator’s performance and prevents engine damage.

Store Fuel Properly

Generators can remain efficient when their fuel is stored correctly. The best place to store your fuel is in a dry, cool place, away from any heat sources, direct sunlight, or moisture. I often use a stabilizer in my fuel to prevent ethanol in the gasoline. The stabilizer prevents the fuel from going bad and causing corrosion and burns in the engine.

Using a generator properly during a power outage helps safeguard your home. Follow these tips to extend your generator’s life and maintain a reliable power source. Let’s keep the lights on tonight; learn more about Our Generators by browsing our great selection of residential generators to find your reliable power source. Our team of generator lovers is always here to answer questions and recommend more ways to use your generator at home.