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Generator Safety

If you choose to use a portable generator, please take note of the following operational guidelines.

  • Know your equipment. Thoroughly read all operating and maintenance instructions before using any generator.
  • Turn main power switch in your home to the "off" position before operating generator.
  • Prioritize your electrical needs. Do not overload generator with excessive wattage; refer to your owner’s manual for specific limitations.
  • Plug appliances directly into generator itself. Do not attempt to wire your household electrical system into the generator. Electric utility crews are put in extreme danger if your generator is feeding electricity back into lines that our crews have deactivated to restore power.
  • If direct wiring into generator is necessary, use only a licensed professional to perform this procedure.
  • Gasoline is highly flammable and causes harmful fumes. It must be stored in a safety-approved container. Do not attempt to fill your gas tank while generator is operating. Do not spill gasoline on hot gasoline components or yourself. Store gasoline container far out of the reach of children. Do not use candles or any other open flame near the generator or gasoline.
  • Provide adequate ventilation for toxic exhaust.
  • Provide a cooling air flow for the machine as well.
  • Teach children to stay as far away from the generator as possible.

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