Generator Safety Tips
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 symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Do not put your generator in standing water or expose it to rain or snow.
Pressure Washer Safety Tips
Read your operator’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use, maintenance, and storage.
Always wear safety goggles and closed-toe shoes, and protect yourself from the possibility of direct spray.
Place the pressure washer on a flat area before starting.
Never point the nozzle at any person or pet.
Firmly hold the gun assembly properly, engaging the safety latches when not spraying. The safety latches prevent water from spraying accidentally.
After turning off the pressure washer, always release any pressure by squeezing the trigger before disconnecting the hoses and nozzles.
The engine and motor of a pressure washer can get very hot after extended use, so use caution when moving the washer.
Don’t let children use a pressure washer and do not allow them to play around a pressure washer when it is in use.
Wear rubber soled shoes and long sleeve shirts and pants.
Gas Engine Safety Tips
Using a small gasoline powered engine can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
Do not use any equipment powered by gasoline engines inside buildings or other partially enclosed spaces unless the engine can be placed outdoors and away from air intakes.