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Generator Safety

Generator Safety

If you plan to use a portable generator, please follow these important safety tips.

  • Follow manufacturer recommendations and specifications
  • If you have ANY questions regarding the installation or operation of the generator, contact a qualified electrician
  • Do NOT connect your generator directly to your home’s main fuse box, circuit panel, or any home wiring
  • Place the generator outside.  Never run it inside, not even in a garage.  Carbon monoxide fumes can be deadly
  • Prior to starting the generator, turn the main breaker or fuse on the service panel to the “off” position
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy duty, properly grounded extension cords
  • Limit the number of appliances to no more than the recommended wattage of the generator
  • Turn it off at night, while you sleep, or when away from home to avoid a possible fire hazard


If the panel is not turned off, or the generator is plugged into the main fuse box or circuit panel, power lines can be energized by back feed energy from the generator.  Back feed in electrical energy puts lineman, other repair workers, or people in neighboring buildings at risk of electrocution.

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