Portable generators are very useful both during power outages and to supply electricity in a area where power is not accessible. It is necessary to read the manual before using a portable generator to ensure that you are using it properly.
- Use new fuel for your generator. If you are going to store your generator for 30 days or more, use a fuel stabilizer to calm the petrol.
- Allow the generator to cool before refueling, because vapors and fuel are extremely combustible.
- Follow the maintenance schedule of your generator in order for it to work its best.
- Do not coil the cords because it may cause them to get hot. Uncoil the cords and lay them on a flat surface.
- Read the manual and follow instructions when operating a portable generator.
- Use your generator outside the home, and make sure the place is properly ventilated.
- While using your generator, use a battery operated carbon monoxide detector.
- Keep away combustible materials when operating your portable generator
- Operate your generator on level ground
- Use heavy duty cords for your generator to handle the electricity load.
- Do not plug the generator into your home circuit directly.
- Ask an electrician about Emergency Manual Power Transfer System if you are planning to connect the generator to your home electrical line.
- Determine the wattage guide and plan the appliances that you will connect with your generator.
- Test your generator before the actual usage so that you will be familiar with how to operate it in case of emergencies.
- Always have a flashlight ready to operate the generator easily in the dark.
- Place your generator in a convenient place.
- Ensure that the battery of your generator is fully charged, especially if it needs an electric start.
- Operate your generator relatively often to lubricate the engine.
- Keep a supply of new gasoline and make sure that an extension cord is always ready.
- Plug the appliances in one after the other to avoid overloading.
- Make sure that your generator has cooled down before storing it.
- Cover your generator when not in use to avoid dirt and dust getting into the engine.