Back Up Power: Home Generator Safety Tips

Hey out there my peeps! Surfside, how you doin’? Murrells Inlet, how’s your mom ‘n em? Check it out, it’s Cool Cat swinging around with some serious safety tips about your home generator. It’s hurricane season and that means you might need your home generator over the next few months, making this a great time to review the deets of generator safety.

Before we get too deep into our safety tips, Cool Cat has to put the shout out that if you haven’t had your generator serviced in a while, NOW is the time to call the cats over at Carolina Cool to service your generator and make sure it’s ready for any storms. Don’t wait until a storm is heading our way to take care of this task! Also, if you have any questions about operating your generator properly, this is a good time to ask. Okay, now onto our tips:

Tip #1: Only operate your generator outdoors in an area with plenty of ventilation. Never operate your generator inside a garage, shed, your home or other closed structure. Generators release carbon monoxide that can be deadly.

Tip #2: Water and electricity don’t mix. To protect your generator from heavy rains and water, you can operate it under an open canopy-style structure. Make sure the generator is on dry ground that is level and that water won’t pool or puddle underneath the unit. Also, always make sure your hands are dry before you touch the generator.

Tip #3: If you have to refuel the generator, turn it off and let it cool completely before refueling.

Tip #4: Keep curious kiddos and pets away from the generator. Some components of the generator get very hot and can cause serious burns.

Tip #5: Always turn the generator on before plugging any appliances into it.

Tip #6: Never plug a generator into a wall. Instead, use heavy-duty extension cords to plug necessary appliances into the outlets on the generator. Plugging the generator into a wall can cause back feed, sending power through the lines in a way that poses a risk for linemen working on power outages. That’s not coooool!

Tip #7: Turn lights and appliances on one at a time to avoid overloading the generator and only connect the things you really need. A generator is a temporary solution so prioritize what appliances you absolutely need to run on the generator.

If you haven’t had your generator serviced recently or you have questions, give the cats at Carolina Cool a call. They install and service Generac and Honeywell generators and have the know how to answer any question you have. Until next time, stay safe and cooooooool out there!