Loss of power in the home can cause chaos and interrupt the smooth running of the household. A good solution when the power goes out is to use a portable generator. But, while this is a good option in an emergency, there are some things you should know about operating one safely. Here are a few safety suggestions:
As mentioned, a portable generator is good in an emergency but do not assume you can keep everything in the house running. It should be used to run appliances that are essential to the basic running of the home. You should also be aware that portable generators are only intended for corded appliances and not those that are hard-wired.
Portable generators also produce hazardous fumes when running - this means that you should never have one running inside the house, where these fumes can build up and become lethal. The generator will also become very hot, so you should be extra careful when filling it with gasoline. Keep children well away from the generator.
A portable generator is a great backup in the event of a power outage. Just make sure you use it the way it is intended and always keep health and safety in mind when running one.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL