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How to Safely Maintain an Emergency Power Generator

Having an emergency power generator can provide you with electricity when your power goes out at your Yuma home. This is a great way to make sure you don’t have to go without air conditioning or lights in the case of a power outage. However, it’s important to know how to use generators safely. Use these tips to help you properly operate a power generator at home.

Place It in a Safe Location

Your emergency power generator shouldn’t be too close to your home, and you should never put one inside your home. These generators can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning if they’re in or near homes. Make sure your power generator is placed far enough away from your home so you can use it safely without the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Don’t Refill It When It’s Hot

If you’ve been running your generator, let it cool off before you refill it. Filling up your emergency power generator with fuel when it’s still hot could lead to a fire and severe injuries. Give it time to cool before placing more fuel into it.

Use a Level Surface

Power generators should always be placed on a level surface. Having your generator on an uneven surface can cause engine components to become dry, which can cause damage. Put your generator on an even surface to prevent this from happening.

Don’t Use a Cord That’s Too Long

While you’ll need to have your generator far enough away from your house for safety purposes, avoid using a cord that’s too long. Cords used for power generators shouldn’t be more than 100 feet long. Longer cords can affect the voltage, which can lead to compressor failure and other serious damage to your generator.

Keep Fuel Handy

Make sure you have a steady supply of fuel available for your power generator. This helps ensure that you don’t run low or run out entirely.

If you need more information on maintaining and using an emergency power generator for your Yuma home, please contact Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company.