Safe Installation of a Generator
Standby electric generators can provide you an extra sense of security in view of Connecticut's unpredictable weather and the occasional resulting power outage. We understand that a generator can be a convenient source of power around your home or business. We only ask, for your sake and power company employees, that generators be properly installed and used safely. Even small, portable electric generators - if they’re used improperly - can threaten you safety and the safety of power company linemen working on the electrical system.
To protect yourself and your family, read and follow the safety instructions contained in every generator operations manual. Before purchasing a generator, please consider how you’ll be using it. That will help you ensure that you’re buying a generator that is correctly sized for the application you have in mind. Next, you’ll need to know how it should be installed, and where to safely operate it. Finally, you’ll want to read the summary of safety tips presented here to ensure the generator is correctly installed and used properly.
Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
When using a generator, be sure to locate it outside so poisonous carbon monoxide gas is exhausted and at least 10 feet from the home. Never operate a generator in an enclosed building, especially in a building attached to a dwelling. Make certain, too, that the generator has enough air to breath and that it’s exhaust is vented properly. Fumes from burnt fuel can be deadly. Always insure proper ventilation, and air flow around the generator.
Generators & Water Don’t Mix
Do not use a portable generator in a flooded basement. That could be a dangerous combination. In addition, make sure your hands are dry, that you’re standing in a dry place, and the generator is properly grounded whenever you operate your generator.