Portable home and standby generators

Portable home and standby generators can be dangerous and even deadly if not used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For your safety and that of our people, do not connect your generator directly into your house’s meter box or circuit panel as it can feed electricity back into the electrical system.

Here are some other important safety precautions when using a portable home or standby generator:

  • select the appropriate generator for your needs based on the number of appliances you will need to run at the same time and their total wattage
  • always follow the manufacturer’s/hirer’s instructions
  • while it is important that generators are protected from the weather/rain it is vital that the generator is located in a well-ventilated area and that it is not inside your house or even in your garage, as generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly
  • store petrol or other flammable liquids outside living areas in properly marked, approved containers, and do not store in a garage if a fuel-burning appliance is located there
  • plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy-duty extension cords
  • make sure extension cords are not frayed or worn
  • use the generator only when necessary and don’t overload it
  • regardless of whether the generator installation is temporary or permanent, you must use a licensed Electrical Contractor to install generators directly to fixed wiring.