It’s that time of the year again that we all dread somewhat; the unpredictable hurricane season followed by the winter. This year we’re providing a Portable Home Generator Warning to help generator users avoid the rash of accidents, mishaps and deaths we see every. Please take these warnings to heart and pass them on to any and every generator user that you know.

Portable Home Generator Warning #1 – Perform Generator Sizing

Before purchasing any generator, the first step is to determine your wattage requirements. This is process is called, “Generator sizing.” It ensures that you end up with the right size generator for your particular set of requirements. The downside of not performing generator sizing is that you won’t have enough wattage and the shortage could very well end up damaging the generator or the appliances or equipment plugged in to it.

Portable Home Generator Warning #2 – Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

As I’ve stated, every year, we learn of numerous deaths and near deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning from using portable generators. It goes without saying that these tragedies, accidents and incidents are one hundred percent avoidable! As a portable generator user, it is IMPERATIVE that you read your instruction manual from front to back and then abide by those safety precautions. AND, remember; never run a portable generator indoors under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES! Take the time to learn about the hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning prior to starting your generator; especially if you are a first time user.

Portable Home Generator Warning #3 – Use Properly Rated Extension Cords

Using the wrong extension cord is an absolute recipe for disaster; there’s no other way to put it. Under the right conditions, the wrong cord could easily damage the generator, damage your equipment and even worse; spark a fire. First and foremost, the extension cord you purchase for generator use should be UL Rated. If not, DON”T USE IT! Cords that are not UL Rated are instant safety hazards. Secondly, it should be rated for outdoor use. Thirdly, it should be rated to be used with the wattage of your generator.

Portable Home Generator Warning #4 – Store Your Fuel Properly

Every generator has a fuel source that it’s powered by. Unless you are using a wind generator, you will most likely have to store fuel in preparation for power outages. You should know the dangers of storing gasoline and diesel and also know and comply with your local ordinances. Some localities only allow residences to store up to six gallons of gasoline before needing a permit and amazing as it may sound, some localities forbid the storage of diesel fuel in residential areas. It’s always important to check with the laws of your community prior to purchasing a generator. If you are in area that has such restrictions, your options would be a LP generator or a Natural Gas Generator.

Portable Home Generator Warning #5 – Have a Fuel Contingency Plan

The best time to strategize over fuel acquisition during emergencies is during non-emergency situations. In the generator business, we have a saying, “Power Outages Happen!” When they do, your ability to maintain back up power is tied directly to your ability to provide fuel for your Portable Home Generator. This issue becomes critical especially in prolonged outages such as the 2009 Ice Storm. By setting up a fuel acquisition plan right now, you won’t have need to panic during any outage. Quite frankly, you should have a Plan A, Plan B and a Plan C. Your contingency plans should be based on the location of the fuel sources and factor in “IF” this station is closed, then my next source is?

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