Home generators can be used for backup electricity in case of power outages. Follow these safety tips:
- Follow the generator manufacturer's operating instructions.
- Do not run the generator in an enclosed space. Exhaust fumes can creep into the house from a garage and overcome the occupants.
- Always have a fire extinquisher available and never refuel when the engine is hot or running.
- Connect the lights and appliances directly to the generators, not to an existing electrical system. Improperly connecting to a home's electrical system can cause a backflow of energy from the generator to a transformer.