Weather is unpredictable, especially during the summer months. One moment it can be bright and sunny and the next may have you running for shelter. While some people love summer storms, others fear the loss of power that is a direct result of harsh winds and lightning strikes. In some cases, severe storms that cause a loss of power for several days, which is why many people in New Jersey have invested in backup generators. Backup generators are a great resource to have when you find yourself without power, however, it’s important to make sure that you take the proper safety precautions to ensure that you get the most out of your generator. In today’s post, we will talk about a few safety tips you need to keep in mind when using your backup generator.

The residents of New Jersey are no strangers to the dangers of harsh weather. From heavy rain to tornadoes, they’ve seen it all, and if you’re interested in equipping your home with a backup generator, our experts can help! In addition to HVAC services, we also work hard to supply the residents of New Jersey with generator installation and maintenance. If you are interested in learning more about our generator systems, or you want one of your own, contact our team of experts today!

Never use Your Generator Indoors

Generators typically use gasoline as fuel, and as the gasoline burns, it creates carbon monoxide (CO). CO is a poisonous gas that is potentially fatal if too much is inhaled. For this reason, you never want to run your generator indoors or in an enclosed space. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you have a working CO detector plugged in whenever your generator is running.

Don’t run a Portable Generator in Wet Conditions

Electricity and water don’t mix. If you lose power during a heavy rainstorm, your first instinct may be to fire up your generator, but doing so could have some dangerous consequences. The best thing you can do if your power goes out in a storm is to wait until the storm is over before you start running your generator. Another option is to invest in a model-specific tent that will keep your generator wet while also venting any carbon monoxide that it produces.

Stock up on Extra Fuel

The last thing you want if your power goes out is to run your backup generator only to realize that it is out of fuel and you forgot to get more. After each use, it’s important that you check your generator and make sure that it has enough fuel and stock up on extra for any emergencies. Extra fuel will come in handy should you need to use your generator for an extended period of time, just be sure that you store it in a cool, ventilated place that is not close to any sources of heat or fire.

Avoid Electrical Hazards

In order to power appliances and lighting in your home with your generator, you will need to connect a power source to the generator. Most commonly, this is done by installing a transfer switch that connects the generator to your circuit panel. However, if you do not have a transfer switch installed, you can connect to the outlets located directly on the generator using the proper precautions. If you choose to use this method, be sure to use only extension cords that are meant for outdoor use and free of any cuts.

These are just a few safety tips that you should follow when using your backup generator. If you are interested in getting a generator for your home, be sure to contact our HVAC company today!

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