A portable generator is a useful device if you require power in a remote area. Plug electrical appliances into the generator, power it up and you can bathe areas in light, provide heat, or run essential equipment without the need for a permanent electrical supply.
Portable generators are fairly easy to operate as long as you follow a few simple rules. To get the best from a generator and stay safe at the same time, power up using this handy advice.
Never run the generator indoors
Generators emit carbon dioxide so only run one in a well-ventilated area. Steer clear of running generators indoors or you might experience a number of physical conditions including dizziness, headaches or nausea. Portable generator sets come into their own when you use them outside. Power them up indoors and this is a danger.
Read the operating guide
Make sure you are familiar with the features and functions of the generator before you run it for the first time. If you are using a generator for emergency power for example, don’t be left puzzled as your world is plunged into darkness. Read the instructions that come with the power plant and have a test run prior to operating it for the first time.
Store it in a safe, easily accessible place
Again, if you are using a portable generator for emergency power keep it in a handy location and make sure the power plant is safe. Locked away in a garage, outhouse or other secure location is best, know where it is and keep a torch on standby so you can find it in the dark.
Keep up with maintenance
Regularly run your generator to keep fluids flowing freely. Keep one eye on battery life to prevent false starts and keep a supply of fuel on standby in a safe location so you never run out when you need to use the unit.
Let it cool after use
Before you store your generator away let the engine cool down fully. Then you can pack it away without fear of getting burnt and this also means you can place a cover over the top.
Just take care when you are using a portable generator and you’ll have power whenever you like!