Inclement Weather: Portable Generator Safety Tips


Inclement Weather: Portable Generator Safety Tips

Hurricane season and the extreme winter weather is upon us and the use of portable generators drastically increase with the weather conditions. Both the USCPSC and the NSC have issued statements with regards to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if portable generators are not used properly. When it comes to inclement weather, portable generator safety tips should be followed:

  1. Read the label. In 2006, the USCPSC fought to include carbon monoxide warning labels on portable generators.

  3. Never use indoors. Although you might be tempted to run your generator inside so you can power certain electronics, the carbon monoxide emitted from the engine can be deadly. This includes operating a generator inside your garage.

  5. Follow 20 feet rule. Keep your portable generator 20 feet from your home. If that means stocking up on extra long extension cords, please do so.

  7. Use outdoor extension cords. Make sure extension cords are the grounded type and keep uncoiled and flat during use.

  9. Prepare for weather. The powerful voltage of the generator means not operating in wet conditions. That may sound impossible during hurricane season, but take the time to prepare early by providing the proper cover and placement to run the generator safely should you lose power. Never run a portable generator that is in or has been submerged in water.


These 5 portable generator safety tips will help you stay safe while you maintain power in your home during inclement weather. Be prepared before the storm hits!

Source: National Safety Commission

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  1. Michael Robinson on December 12, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I wanted to take some time and thank you for everything that you have shared here on portable generators. Like you mentioned, you can prepare for the weather by choosing a generator that would be effective in a storm because most generators are not waterproof. Living on the coast, we get rain storms all the time, and so it would be really smart for us to have one that can even be submerged in water. Thanks again for the post, and we will try to find one before the winter comes.

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