Generators provide a wonderful safety net when the power is out from a storm. They provide some level of comfort or recharging of a phone to keep loved ones updated on your situation. Since we are in the middle of the storm season and most Floridians have a generator, we want to share a few tips to make sure everyone is safe and smart about their generator use. As always, everyone should have their generator inspected and checked before use.

Safety tips provided by The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI):

  • NEVER operate a generator INSIDE your home or in other enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, including GARAGES
  • A generator is a TEMPORARY power source and should never be used as a permanent solution
  • NEVER connect generators directly to household wiring without first installing a TRANSFER SWITCH. This prevents backfeeding which could electrocute utility workers making repairs
  • Make sure your generator is properly grounded and used with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
  • Use only extension cords that have a THREE-PRONGED plug and are rated for the intended load
  • Your home generator should be installed by a QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN
  • Install battery-operated CO ALARMS or plug-in CO alarms with a battery backup
  • Never overload the generator
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends generators be positioned at least 20 FEET from doors, windows, and vents to prevent CO from entering the home

Tips provided by https://www.esfi.org/resource/portable-generator-safety-generate-safety-520

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