How to Safely Install and Use a Portable Generator in Your Home

Modified on Thu, 11 May 2023 at 07:36 AM

A portable generator can be a lifesaver in the event of a power outage. But it's important to use it safely. Here are some tips from All TAPZ Electric on how to safely install and use a portable generator in your home:

1. Choose the right generator for your needs.

There are many different types and sizes of portable generators available, so it's important to choose one that's right for your needs. Consider the size of your home, the number of appliances you need to power, and the length of time you need to power them.

2. Place the generator in a safe location.

Portable generators emit carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. It's important to place the generator in a safe location where carbon monoxide cannot build up. A good location is at least 20 feet away from your home, in a well-ventilated area.

3. Connect the generator to your home's electrical system.

Never connect a portable generator directly to your home's electrical system. This can create a dangerous back feed situation. Instead, use a transfer switch to safely connect the generator to your home's electrical system.

4. Start the generator and let it warm up.

Once the generator is connected to your home's electrical system, it's time to start it up. Let the generator run for a few minutes to warm up before plugging in any appliances.

5. Prioritize your appliances.

Not all appliances are created equal. Some appliances, like refrigerators and freezers, are essential for food safety. Other appliances, like televisions and computers, are not as essential. When you're plugging in appliances to your generator, prioritize the essential appliances first.

6. Don't overload the generator.

Each generator has a wattage rating. This is the maximum amount of power that the generator can safely output. Don't overload the generator by plugging in too many appliances. If you're not sure how much wattage your appliances use, consult the owner's manual.

7. Use the generator safely.

When you're using a portable generator, it's important to follow all safety precautions. Never operate the generator indoors. Keep the generator away from open flames and flammable materials. And always wear safety glasses when operating the generator.

8. Disconnect the generator when you're not using it.

When you're not using the generator, it's important to disconnect it from your home's electrical system. This will prevent the generator from accidentally back feeding power into the electrical grid.

9. Maintain your generator.

Like any other piece of equipment, portable generators need regular maintenance. This includes changing the oil, cleaning the spark plugs, and inspecting the generator for any damage.

10. Have a professional install the generator.

If you're not comfortable installing a portable generator yourself, it's best to have a professional do it. A qualified electrician can ensure that the generator is installed safely and properly.

By following these tips, you can safely install and use a portable generator in your home. A portable generator can be a lifesaver in the event of a power outage, so it's important to know how to use it safely.

How All TAPZ Electric Can Help

All TAPZ Electric is a full-service electrical company that can help you with all of your electrical needs, including installing and servicing a portable generator. We have a team of experienced electricians who are certified and insured. We will work with you to choose the right generator for your needs and install it safely and properly. We also offer generator service and repair. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with your portable generator needs.

Was this article helpful?

That’s Great!

Thank you for your feedback

Sorry! We couldn't be helpful

Thank you for your feedback

Let us know how can we improve this article!

Select atleast one of the reasons

Feedback sent

We appreciate your effort and will try to fix the article