Generator Safety Tips

Backup generators can provide an emergency power supply, enabling you to keep important equipment running during a power outage. For your safety and the safety of our employees, please be sure to properly and safely use your generator.

  • Follow all of the precautions and instructions in the manufacturer’s documentation.
  • Never use a generator indoors.
  • Please obey all local building codes, especially regarding placement of the unit and safe electrical connections. Not following these precautions may result in hazardous conditions, including the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning or electrocution.
  • Never connect a generator directly to your home’s electrical system without a proper isolation device (a switch that disconnects your house from our power lines while your generator is operating, and vice versa. This applies to both portable and stationary units). Unless our lines are positively isolated from your home, operating a generator connected into your home’s wiring system could start a fire, damage sensitive electronic equipment and/or (and most importantly) electrocute a service crew member working to restore your power. Only a qualified electrician should install your isolation device.
  • Take care when fueling your generator. Never try to refuel the unit while it’s operating. Avoid spilling gasoline or other fuels on hot components.
  • The safest way to use a portable generator is to plug lights and appliances directly into the outlets on the generator unit. If extension cords are necessary, be sure to use heavy-duty cords in good condition with rated capacity sufficient for the load.

Review this Quick Guide to Generators for more safety tips.