How to Use a Portable Generator (The Right Way)

How to Use a Portable Generator (The Right Way)

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A portable generator can go a long way in sustaining “life as usual” in the event of a power outage. It won’t likely be enough to keep all of your appliances up and running, but it can at least keep the most important ones on track. 

Before you purchase your first portable generator, determine exactly what items you need to power. Make a list of the essential electricity-based devices and compute the total amount of wattage that they require. Then, buy a portable generator that is commensurate with your needs. Ask an electrician if you want help assessing your power usage. 

After getting your portable generator, find a safe, dry place to store it. Make sure that you will be able to access it easily in times of emergency. 

You will need heavy-duty cords to connect your portable generator to your home’s electrical. You can get durable extension cords at your local home improvement store. Make sure that your cords are properly grounded so that you don’t risk being electrocuted. With each use of your generator, inspect your electrical cords for any exposed or frayed parts. An exposedwire can cause electrocution. It can also start a fire in the house.

It’s of paramount importance to maintain your portable generator regularly. For gas-operated generators, make sure to use fresh gasoline with each operation. You should also apply gasoline stabilizer if your generator sits unused for a long period of time. Make sure your generator stays in good form by starting it up at least once a month and letting it run for a few minutes. If your portable generator has a battery, make sure to periodically charge itso that it works when you need it.  

You should only operate your portable generator outside the house. Most portable generators are gasoline-powered and produce deadly carbon monoxide fumes. Operating the generator inside the house could compromise the health and safety of its residents.  

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