Natural disasters and storms can lead to power outages for an extended period. It is during such times that your generator comes in handy. However, using a generator comes with its risks and if mishandled generator-borne hazards can cause damage to your home, illness and even death. Below is a rundown of the safety tips when using a generator particularly during power outages.
Never Use Your Generator Indoors
Run your generator outside, away from the windows, crawl spaces, vents, and doors. Also never use your generator in partly enclosed areas such as garages or porches. Running your generator outside ensures that there is no accumulation of harmful exhaust gas that may cause suffocation, fire or death.
Never Overload Your Generator
Overloading your generator increases the likelihood of damaging its interior components. Instead of overloading the generator, prioritize your needs. In other words, don’t use your generator for tasks beyond its capability. Be sure to check your user manual to learn more about your machine’s total output.
Never Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors Right Above a Fuel Powered Generator
These detectors or other electronic appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide when switched on, a situation that may interfere with the functionality of your generator. Equally, do not place carbon monoxide detectors near heating or cooking appliances or in very humid areas such as the bathrooms.
Use Power Cords
All individual appliances should be plugged into the generator using heavy-duty outdoor-rated cords. The cords should have a gauge rating that is adequate for the respective appliance load. Note that overload cords can cause a fire. Never use cables with exposed wires or worn covering. Also, do not run extension cords under rugs or heavy furniture.
Never Leave the Generator Running
If you will be away even for a few minutes be sure to switch off the generator. Also, shut down the generator and allow it to cool before refueling. This is to eliminate the likelihood of gasoline, kerosene or other fuels use to run the generator igniting if they come into contact with the hot engine parts.
Safeguard Your Home
Consider safeguarding your home by installing battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms. Other than that, inspect your alarms regularly ensure that they are running. You may install the alarms near the sleeping area or any other part of the house it would wake you up if you are sleeping.
…On top of that, hire a heating company to insulate your home
One the reasons you’ll likely to use a generator is to provide light and heat for your home. As you can see above, using a generator comes with its fair share of downsides, so you’re better off hiring a heating company to insulate your home for heat retention. That way, you don’t have to exposure your family to the dangers that come with using a generator. On that note, visit http://ecoheatplumbing.co.uk/ to find more about Eco Heat, a reliable heating and plumbing company plying its trade in Balham South West London and see how they can help insulate your home.