Safety Tips When Operating Your Generator This Winter in Ohio
As we all know, living in Ohio produces very unpredictable weather. As a result, people may be affected when power fails which can result in the use of a backup generator. Most times though, these generators can lead to personal disaster if not handled well.
It is easy to overlook safety when dealing with a generator especially when they are overcome with post-disaster recovery. When it comes to unpredictable weather, cutting corners is never a good idea. Especially when you think about safety of your home and family. Improper operation of a generator can lead to death in a very short time span due to high levels of carbon monoxide. The following are safety tips that one should consider when using a generator in Ohio during winter.
When handling a generator, you should;
• Always read through your generators instructions.
• Choose one that has more watts than what you require.
Larger items will need more watts to start than to operate. Educate yourself by using online wattage item calculators or looking at the manufacturer worksheets.
• Stagger the use of items to avoid overloads.
• Install carbon monoxide detectors for safety.
The primary generator operation hazard is poisoning by carbon monoxide hence one should ensure that every room in the house and outdoor sleeping areas are installed with carbon monoxide detectors.
• Use approved containers to store the fuel.
One should keep the fuel far from living areas and away from any combustion items. Individuals can also inquire from their local fire department about the right place to store the fuel and even about allowing their generator to cool before they refuel. Avoid refueling the generator when it is hot since spilling the fuel by mistake on the hot surface can cause a fire.
• Always operate a generator in conjunction with a transfer switch.
Plugging the generator directly into a wall outlet can result in an electrical current back feed that can be dangerous to the neighbors and area utility workers.
• Never operate a generator in enclosed areas.
You should always use a generator outside away from vents, windows, and doors that could allow carbon monoxide to enter their home. Carbon monoxide is deadly since one cannot smell or see it inside their house and opening windows and doors does not prevent it from building up. One should immediately get fresh air when they feel weak or dizzy while running a backup generator.
• Never operate a generator in wet or rainy conditions unless it is protected from the elements.
It is always a good idea to ensure your home and family are safe by incorporating correct generator operations and installation. It is also advisable for one to seek the help of a professional for installation.
The professionals of Weekley Electric, LLC are here to help you with your generator and electrical needs this winter. Not only do we install generators, but we also have generator maintenance programs, so you don’t have to worry about the above steps each year. We can help protect your investment for you so you don’t have to worry and make sure your generator is ready for this Ohio weather year after year.