Buy the Right Generator
Think about what you will be using the generator for, is it for a weekend getaway, or is it to power your home? You need a generator that will supply an adequate amount of energy. Plugging in devices that use more power than the generator can offer may damage your device or generator. Ask an electrician at the store you purchase your device from or check the manufacturer’s label to see the wattage. Small homes typically require around 3,000 – 4,000 watts to power up essential appliances and features, while larger homes may need a powerful generator capable of producing 6,000 watts or more. Check out Honda’s website for a useful guide that will show you how many watts are required to properly run common household appliances.
Store Fuel Properly
Use approved fuel canisters only. Store in a cool, dry place away from flammable items.
Never Use a Generator Indoors
Portable generators that are running produce noxious fumes that can easily fill a room with carbon monoxide. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a real threat that can cause serious injury or death. Keep your generator 20 feet or more from your home, with nearby windows and doors shut.
Never Plug in a Generator into a wall outlet
Don’t plug your generator into a wall outlet of a place you are trying to generate power for. This is called ‘back feeding’ and it is dangerous. It is often illegal, and it should never be attempted under any circumstance.
Avoid Using a Generator in the Rain
Electricity and water are a deadly combination, so it doesn’t make much sense to power an engine that produces electricity in a damp or wet environment. Your generator should be placed and operated in an area that is level, dry, and make sure the air vents are clear to allow for proper cooling. If you must run a generator in the rain, put a tarp above the machine to prevent water from getting near it.