Portable Generator Safety Tips

Before reading these portable generator safety tips, always read the Owner’s Manual and instructions for your generator. Carefully follow all instructions and warnings in order to safely start and operate the generator. Do NOT cut corners when it comes to safety.

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*These tips are merely supplemental and are not intended to substitute reading of the Owner’s Manual.

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Carbon Monoxide and Ventilation

  • Using a generator indoors CAN KILL YOU IN MINUTES. Exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a deadly poison gas you cannot see or smell.
  • NEVER run a generator indoors or in partly enclosed areas such as garages.
  • ONLY use outdoors and far from windows, doors, vents, crawl spaces and in an area where adequate ventilation is available and will not accumulate deadly exhaust gas.
  • Using a fan or opening doors and windows will not provide sufficient ventilation.
  • It is recommended that you install battery operated Carbon Monoxide alarms/detectors indoors according to manufacturer’s instructions / recommendations.
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Gasoline, Fueling and Burn Safety

  • Gasoline is extremely flammable and explosive.
  • If tank is over-filled, fuel can overflow onto a hot engine and cause fire or explosion.
  • Do not overfill the fuel tank. Always allow room for fuel expansion.
  •  Never add fuel while unit is running or hot. Allow generator and engine to cool entirely before adding fuel.
  • Never store a generator with fuel in the tank where gasoline vapors might reach an open flame, spark or pilot light.
  • Do not smoke near fuel or generator.
  • Many generator parts are hot enough to burn you during operation and while the generator is cooling after turning off.  Avoid coming into contact with a hot generator.