A-IPOWER OFFERS SAFETY TIPS WHEN OPERATING A GENERATOR
July 1st, 2016 | Published in News Room
When a power outage occurs, when a disaster strikes, when you need power at a remote location, a portable generator guarantees you a source of electricity. Portable generators are gas-powered machines that provide you with the power you need anywhere you are. Power outlets on the unit allow you to plug in extensions cords, electric-powered tools, and appliances.
“But as with any connection to a voltage supply source, caution is urged,” said Dorrance Noonan, CEO of A-iPower, a manufacturer of portable generators, pressure washers, water pumps, and gasoline engines providing innovative, cost-effective solutions for power needs at home, at the job site, and on the weekend.
Noonan advised that when starting up the generator, take time to observe the following important safety rules.
- Always read and follow the manufacturer’s operating manual and instructions before running a generator.
- NEVER run a generator inside the house or a garage. Running engines give off carbon monoxide fumes, which can be lethal. Keep the generator away from open windows, vents, and doors.
- Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as “backfeeding.” This is an extremely dangerous practice that presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same utility transformer. It also bypasses some of the built-in household protection devices. Either plug appliances directly into the generator with power cords that are in good condition or have an electrician install a certified transfer switch.
- Be careful when refueling the portable generator. Shut it down and allow it to cool down between fills.
- Do not operate the generator near combustible materials.
- If you have to use extension cords, be sure they are of the grounded type and are rated for the application. Coiled cords can get extremely hot; always uncoil cords and lay them in flat, open locations.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector/alarm inside your home. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas; you will not detect it unless you have a battery backup warning system. Replace the batteries and test regularly and know the syptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Do not put your generator in standing water or expose it to rain or snow.
A-iPower offers portable generators, pressure washers, water pumps, and gasoline engines providing innovative, cost-effective solutions for power needs at home, at the job site, and on the weekend.
From our headquarters in Ontario, California, and our technical and distribution center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the A-iPower team is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and ideal product solutions for the wide range and differing needs of consumer and commercial power generation equipment.
For more information phone 626-888-3598 or visit our website at www.a-ipower.com.