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Generator Safety Tips: Dos & Don’ts You Need to Know

Many businesses opt for portable generators to keep essential appliances and machinery running during sudden power outages. While having a portable generator has many benefits, it can be dangerous if you don’t follow the safety precautions and maintain your generator. There are several dos and don’ts that you need to keep in mind when using and storing your portable generators. Not doing so can lead to severe losses in your commercial establishment. 

Here are the dos and don’ts you should follow for your portable generators. 

Dos for your portable generator

Follow the instructions

Every generator model is different, and so are their requirements to work optimally. The manufacturer knows how a generator works best, and they provide the instructions in the manual for everything. All you need to do is to follow the instructions to ensure that the generator runs perfectly and stays in optimal condition when on standby. 

Choose the right A-iPower

You can find portable generators with different A-iPower in the market. The A-iPower determines how much power a generator can produce. Ideally, you should look for a generator that produces more power than your overall power requirement. If your generator produces less power, it can be overloaded, leading to serious damage to your commercial machinery and property.

Choose the correct extension cord

Generators are often connected to the power outlet with the help of an extension cord. When picking the extension cord, choose one that has at least 14-gauge GFCI functionality and is grounded. If you pick extensions that are not grounded, you may get electrocuted. 

Have a regular maintenance routine

You need to have a regular maintenance routine, including oil changes, generator cleaning, and other tests to ensure that your generator is in good condition. 

Don’ts for your portable generator

Never run your generator indoors

One thing you should never do with a portable generator is to run it in enclosed spaces like your office basement or parking space. This is because generators run on gasoline and produces carbon monoxide as a by-product. Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to severe illness and death, especially in closed spaces; hence you should always run a generator in open areas where carbon monoxide can be easily dissipated. 

Do not refuel it when in use

Never make the mistake of refueling a generator when running, as the fuel can catch fire, leading to life-threatening accidents. Always turn off the generator and give it time to cool off before you refuel it.

Do not connect the generator directly to the power grid

You should never connect your generator directly to the main fuse box or circuit panel. Always use a transfer switch to connect the generator. Call a professional generator installation service or electrician to install the transfer switch in your commercial establishment. 

Don’t run the generator in rain or snow

Your generator should be kept outside, but like every other electrical appliance, it should be protected against elements like rain, snow, and sunlight or it risks getting damaged. 

Following these dos and don’ts is essential to keep yourself safe and your commercial generator running in optimal condition. 

About Nebraska Generator Service LLC

If you are looking for a generator rental in Omaha, Gibbon, or the Nebraska region, Nebraska Generator Service LLC is your one-stop solution. Our services include generator remote monitoring system and emergency service calls, maintenance, and repairs. You can schedule a free assessment today by filling out our online contact form. Contact us at (402)800-0748 to know more about industrial diesel generators for sale.

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