Generator & Power Outages

Don’t overload your generator
ƒ Determine the amount of power you will need to operate those things you plan to
connect to the generator.

o Light bulb wattage indicates the power needed for lighting. Appliance and equipment labels indicate their power requirements.
ƒ If you can’t determine the amount of power you will need, ask an electrician.
ƒ Make sure your generator produces more power than will be drawn by the things you connect to the generator, including the initial surge when it is turned on. If your generator does not produce enough power to operate everything at once, stagger the use of your equipment.
ƒ If your equipment draws more power than the generator can produce, you may blow a fuse on the generator or damage the connected equipment. Use your generator safely
ƒ Incorrect generator use can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution and fire. Follow the directions supplied with the generator.

Never use a portable generator indoors
ƒ Never use a portable generator in a garage, carport, basement, crawl space or other enclosed or partially-enclosed area, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide buildup in the home.
ƒ If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air right away — do not delay!
ƒ Install home carbon monoxide alarms that are battery-operated or have battery back-up. Test batteries frequently and replace when needed.
Generator & Power Outages