Portable Generator Safety
Portable generators can be used for all kinds of outdoor events from camping to tailgating and for backup power in times of emergency. But like all gas powered equipment, there are potential hazards if you do not use them properly and follow safety guidelines.
As with all our products, we recommend that you fully read and follow all safety instructions found in your operator’s manual. But I’d like to highlight a few that will keep you safe while using your portable power.
- First and foremost, never use your portable power in an enclosed space. Set up as far away from your home or gathering as possible.
- Store your generator covered in a clean, dry place that is easily accessible. The last thing you want in times of emergency is to have to move junk to get to your power source. Have a working flashlight handy so you can find your way.
- Determine in advance what you’ll run off your generator. Consult the wattage guide to make sure you don’t overload your portable power.
- Always cool down your generator before storing or refilling the fuel tank.
- Use sturdy, three-pronged electrical cords that are free of cuts or tears to connect appliances.
It’s very important to emphasize that you should never use a portable generator indoors, close to windows or vents, or even in a partially open space. This includes garages—even with the door open—basements, sheds and crawlspaces. The only safe place to operate a portable generator is outside. It’s also important to note generators should never be operated near combustible materials. For more information and safety tips, visit TakeYourGeneratorOutside.com or Briggs & Stratton’s tips, FAQs and videos to help you get the most out of your generator and stay safe in the process.
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