You should NEVER use or expose your generator to rain, snow, or water spray.
Moisture or ice can cause a short circuit or other malfunction in the electric circuit. Water contact with a power source if not avoided, will result in serious injury or death.
But there are ways to use a generator in hazardous weather conditions. First, it needs to be placed on a flat, dry surface, such as a concrete pad, gravel, or stones. Avoid downhill areas because pools of water can form.
The next step is to shelter the generator. A shed or steel enclosure is an option as well as a canopy-like structure or a cover specific to generators. The important thing to remember is proper ventilation so the generator runs cool. If the generator runs hot, the outside structure could catch on fire. Proper ventilation also ensures carbon monoxide emissions don’t build up.
Remember the generator needs to be at least 20 feet away from your structure with the exhaust directed away from occupied spaces.
Power cords between the generator and your appliances also need to be weatherproof. Tip: Locking power cords help prevent the cord from coming loose in heavy winds.
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