Do you know how to use a generator safely? No matter whether you have a small portable generator or a large powerful hire generator for the worksite, there are certain steps that need to be taken to protect you, your generator and your appliances.
Generator Safety Tips
1. Read the instructions
Before you even switch your generator on, you should read the manufacturers’ instructions. Every generator unit is different, with different maximum loads and features. So whether this is your first generator or you are a generator veteran, you need to know the unique safety requirements of the generator at hand. And don’t be afraid to call the My Generator team or the manufacturer if you have any concerns.
2. Only run the generator outdoors
Portable generators should only be run outside of your property. This is because petrol and diesel-powered generators produce carbon monoxide fumes that can be deadly. Don’t use it in any enclosed space – including a garage, shed or campervan. You should also keep it well away from any open windows on your property and your neighbours’.
3. Know the fuel rules
Stay fuel safe by following some basic fuel rules. Only use the fuel type as recommended by the manufacturer. Before refuelling, always turn the generator off and let it cool; fuel spilled on hot engine parts may ignite. If you do spill the fuel, take care to clean them up. Store excess fuel in an approved safety container away from your living areas. And be sure to seal the container properly as invisible vapours can travel and be ignited by an appliance’s pilot light or arcs from electric switches.
4. Never overload the generator
Because you read your manufacturers’ instruction, you know the limit to how much your generator can safely power. If you’re still unsure, just ask an electrician or speak to the staff at My Generator. Never take a chance and overload the generator – this may blow a fuse, damage the generator or worse, damage the connected equipment. Most generators have overload protection, but it is still not advised to demand power in excess of the unit’s capacity.
5. Never try to power your house
Never attempt to power your house with a generator by plugging the unit into a wall outlet. This can send electricity through the switchboard and into power lines, risking electrocution of you, your neighbours and power utilities staff. Certain generators can be used as direct back up to mains, but a qualified electrician must be consulted about connection.
If you have any questions or concerns, the safest thing you can do is ask! Contact My Generator for advice, or simply call 1300 400 122.