- Always use generators outside away from doors, windows and vents. NEVER use generators inside buildings or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation.
- Follow all manufactures’ instructions for use.
- Keep generator dry. Place on a dry surface under an open, canopy-like structure.
- Dry hands before touching the generator.
- Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
- Place generator so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building.
- Never plug the generator into a wall outlet. This can cause utility workers and others using the same transformer to receive a shock and die because of the electricity.
- Extension cord should be heavy-duty outdoor-rated. Make sure the entire cord is free of cuts or tears and the plug has all three prongs; especially a grounding plug.
- If you must connect a generator to house wiring, have a licensed electrician add the appropriate equipment. Your utility company may be able put in an appropriate transfer
switch as well.
- Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running.
- Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the container outside of living areas and away from fuel-burning appliances.
American Red Cross - Safe Generator Use
NFPA Generator Safety Tips
Generator Usage Safety