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5 Must-Follow Generator Safety Rules

If you don’t have access to a standby generator in Rockingham County, NH, a portable generator can help you complete tasks outside. However, portable generators can be hazardous when used incorrectly. If you need to use a portable generator, follow these five essential safety tips every time.

  1. Never run a portable generator inside or in a partially enclosed space (like inside an open garage). This is because a portable generator can produce carbon monoxide — a colorless and odorless gas that can kill you in minutes. As such, we recommend installing carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home.

  2. Do not directly connect your generator to your home’s wiring or into a standard household outlet. This can injure members of your family or utility workers if the system overheats.

  3. Keep children away from your generator outside. Be sure that children are not playing outside while operating your generator. Ideally, you should try to keep at least five feet between the generator and any person nearby.

  4. Ensure your generator is properly grounded before use. If you don’t ground your generator, you run the risk of electrocuting yourself or others who contact it.

  5. Only use heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords when operating your portable generator. Don’t attach extension cords or cords with worn coating with your generator. Worn-out cables can cause damage or create a fire when used with a powerful generator.

Whether it’s a bad storm or a fallen power line, you can lose electricity in an instant. Backup power generators in Rockingham County, NH, from the team at Cornerstone Electrical Services can provide an additional layer of protection for your home and family. To learn more about our currently available models, give our team a call today at 603-212-4082 or fill out our online contact form.

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