The importance of maintaining portable generator safety is something that cannot be overstated. Improper maintenance and usage can have potentially deadly consequences. When it comes to operating a power generator during a power outage, safety must always come first. In fact, in some conditions, you may need to evaluate whether utilizing a towable power generator will create safety risks that make it not worthwhile.
Professional setup and advice can help. Here at Gen-Tech, we help businesses with their emergency power needs every day, whether that means regular maintenance, new installations, emergency service, or temporary generators to tide you over during an outage. Here are some of the most important things to remember when it comes to your portable power safety.
Generator Safety 101
Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the most common injuries suffered from the improper operation of a portable generator. It only takes minutes for a functioning generator in an enclosed space to generate a toxic level of CO2 within the room. As such, portable generators should only be used outdoors; it is not enough to simply leave the door of the garage or indoor space open as this does not provide sufficient ventilation.
Electrocution is another common cause of injury or death during the operation of a portable generator. This is why the unit should never be operated while it is in standing water or out in the rain. At all times, it is crucial to protect the unit from contact with moisture on the ground, and moisture from the rains and snows above. To help prevent moisture contact, it is advisable to bring the generator indoors when it is not in use.
In addition to moisture contact, using the improper extension cord can result in fires or electrocution. To minimize the risk, you should verify the wattage rating for each electrical cord and ensure that it exceeds the sum total wattage of the appliances you have connected to your generator. It is also strongly advisable that you inspect your electrical cords for damage prior to connecting them to the generator.
Fuel is a common cause of fires and poisoning. Fumes emitted from stored fuel can cause health problems and result in unexpected combustion. Fuel should always be properly secured and stored to minimize the risk of fire or toxic exposure. You should also properly stabilize the fuel so that it doesn’t degrade in between long-periods of storage.
Regular Maintenance Improves Generator Safety
Components wear out and generator systems can become dangerous to operate unless deficiencies are corrected. Damaged generators should never be operated until they are properly serviced by a qualified technician. Adhering to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule regarding oil and filters, lubrication, cooling system, batteries, fuel, etc. is essential. Moreover, failure to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines can nullify any warranties you may have for a portable power generator. It can also put you at serious risk of personal injuries or causing irreparable damage to your facility or business.
For more about generator safety, contact Gen-Tech Generator and Air Power Specialists at (800) 625-8324. Our technicians can answer your questions and we are available 24/7 to provide emergency support to you and your business.