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3 Keys to Using a Portable Generator Safely

Emergency generators are essential to have when the power goes out during a storm or power outage here in South Florida.

Both portable and residential stand alone emergency standby generators are now more affordable than ever, and some South Floridians take the less expensive option and place portable generators in their garage as a quick fix option.

While using a inexpensive generator can be a real lifesaver for you, your family and neighbors, you should be aware that there are three key things you need to be aware of in order to use your portable generator safely.

They are: Avoid Electric Shock, Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, and Avoid Fire.

Electric Shock

When using a portable, there is a chance of getting electrocuted if you don’t follow the manual and these simple safety measures. Firstly, make sure to keep your generator dry if it is rainy. If your unit is wet, don't use it. Operate your generator on a dry surface under an open, roof-like unit. Don't touch the generator unless your hands are dry!

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning occurs when you inhale your generator's toxic exhaust. The most important thing to remember is to never use a generator indoors! This includes inside your home, garage, patio, crawl space or any partial or enclosed area which is connected to your living space. Using a fan, or opening windows and doors is not enough to prevent CO build-up.

Prevent Fires

Finally, preventing fires while using your portable generator can be done easily. Propane, gasoline, kerosene, and any other flammable liquids should be brought outside for storage. All containers should be properly labeled.

Don't store fuel near any fuel burning appliance like a gas water heater. Invisible fumes can move along the ground if fuel is spilled. It can then be lit by the appliance's pilot light.

Lastly, turn your generator off and wait for it to cool down before refueling. Spilt fuel could ignite on a hot engine.

If you want a safer alternative to portable, consider purchasing an emergency standby generator that will automatically turn on when there is a disruption in power due to a storm or when the power from your local grid has been interrupted.

To learn more about the different types of generators and how to run them safely, call Assurance Power Systems at 561-886-0470 and one of our expert technicians will gladly answer any questions you may have. From Davie to Delray Beach and beyond, we’ll offer you a free quote on the best solution for your particular needs!

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