• The fuel supply must be delivered and stored safely to protect occupants.
  • No smoking or open fires around generators or fuel sources. A properly
    rated fire extinguisher is necessary. Take the fire extinguisher off
    the generator while the generator is running.
  • The electrical extension cords must be sized for the load and the
    distance served.
  • Organize the extension cords to reduce tripping hazards. Do not use
    damaged or undersized cords.
  • If the generator is stored outdoors, unprotected from the weather,
    check the GFCI receptacle, and all other electrical components on the
    control panel before each use.
  • Unattended or incorrectly connected generators can endanger the lives
    of your family and electrical utility workers. Children, pets and livestock
    should be kept away from the generator, regardless of the operating
  • The generator is a potential source of electrical shock, if misused.
    Do not expose the generator to moisture, rain or snow. Do not let the
    generator get wet, and do not operate it with wet hands.
  • Do not operate in an enclosed area.

Properly Using a Backup Generator

  • Install a UL-Listed transfer switch between the electrical panel
    and the portable generator. If you do not use a UL-Listed transfer
    switch, your generator installation could cause wiring hazards and
    serious injury.
  • NEVER operate your portable generator in an enclosed area indoors,
    such as in a basement or garage. This can create exhaust fumes that
    could cause injury or death.
  • NEVER connect your generator directly to your electrical panel. This
    can cause serious injury and damage if the main power is restored while
    the generator is operating.
  • Test your generator and transfer switch once a month to ensure operation when actually needed.
  • Follow the instructions provided by your portable generator manufacturer for safe operation.