For use at work, recreation or emergency back-up power, more people are buying generators than ever before. If you are a new owner, or your are considering purchase your first generator, you should be aware that generators, like any engine powered tool, can be dangerous if they are not used properly. The most common hazards that occur with generator use include, shocks and electrocution, fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, vibration hazards and fuel spill hazards.
The good news is that all of these problems are easily avoidable. To get the most out of your A-iPower generator and get safe and reliable power when and where you need it, follow these simple rules.
The Do’s and Don’ts of using a portable generator:
…follow the Instructions: Don’t ignore or simply skim the instruction book. Every A-iPower generator model is different, read through all the general instructions making note of any instructions listed for your specific model. If you have any questions, please contact us before using your generator.
…choose the A-iPower generator that's right for you. Before selecting your A-iPower generator, consider what you will be powering. Ask yourself these questions:
Home use: Do you want to power your lights, what appliances, garage door, air conditioner?
For work: what tools do you need to run and what is the maximum amount of power tools you need to run at any given time?
For recreational use: evaluate what equipment you need to power to make your campsite comfortable?
For all uses, calculate the total maximum amount of power you will need at any time. Purchase a generator that produces more power than that total amount. If the equipment you are using draws more power than the generator can produce, you could blow a fuse on the generator or damage the equipment connected to it.
…choose the proper extension cord. Use a heavy duty, GFCI functionality of at least 14-gauge extension cord. Make sure it is a grounded extension cord. Without proper grounding, you could be electrocuted. Always check the condition of the cord to make sure there are no frays and exposed wires.
…give your generator proper TLC. Always use fresh gasoline. When not being used, start your generator once a month and let it run for a few minutes and charge the battery to ensure it's ready to go.
…store your generator properly. When not in use, keep your generator in a dry, clean area. Make sure it is easy to access. When the power goes out, the last thing you want is it to have to move things in the dark to get to it.
…run your generator indoors. Never run portable generators in an enclosed area. Never use your generator inside your home or garage. To power equipment in your basement, for example, run an extension cord through the window and place the generator away from the house. Like any engine that runs on gasoline, generators produce carbon monoxide, and the fumes can be deadly.
…run it in the rain or snow. When using you’re a-iPower generator make sure it is protected from any weather. Never run your generator when it is wet or touch it with wet hands, both can lead to shock or electrocution.
…try to connect your generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel by yourself. A transfer switch should be installed and the work should be carried out by a licensed electrician.
…refuel your generator while in use. Whenever you need to refuel, shut off your generator and give it time to cool. Gas spilled on hot engine could start a fire.
…overload your generator. Use it only as instructed. Don’t overload your generator. If the equipment you are using draws more power than the generator can produce, you could blow a fuse on the generator or damage the equipment you are using.
Like anything in life, when using your generator, it’s always safety first. By following these simple rules, you will operate your generator safely and prolong its life. And remember, if you have any doubts about the proper use of your A-iPower portable generator, please contact us.