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Portable generator safety tips

As we enter the time of the year where Michigan's weather becomes more unpredictable, you might be thinking about getting a generator.

When power goes out a portable generator can be a lifesaver, and when used properly can be a great option to provide backup power during a brownout or blackout. Portable generators are designed to be transported whether on a cart trailer or by hand where there is no utility power.

Safety Tips:

1. Never operate a generator inside your home or in other enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, including garages. They should be used in a well-ventilated location outside at least 20 feet away from all doors, windows and vent openings.

2. Never connect a portable generator into your home’s electrical system.

3. Use only extension cords that have a three-pronged plug and are rated for the intended load.

4. Do not overload the generator. Overloading could cause a fire.

5. Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is hot.

6. Keep it dry and avoid exposure to weather. Weather conditions can damage exposed areas, especially electrical.

7. Start the generator first before connecting appliances. This prevents a surge from damaging your generator and appliances.

8. Gasoline–powered generators exhaust carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas. Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home.

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