Although convenient, if connected or used improperly, portable generators have the potential to seriously injure or kill you, your neighbors or unsuspecting utility crews.
A portable generator plugged directly into your home's wiring can cause backfeed and actually energize the utility wires outside your home. This can create a danger
for utility crews and anyone else who may come into contact with downed or low hanging wires.
- A generator should never be connected directly into your household wiring without the use of a transfer switch
- Opening the main breaker to isolate your household wiring from the utility wiring does not provide enough of a guarantee of safety. The breaker may have been damaged and/or may not provide enough gap to safely isolate your home's wiring.
- A UL listed extension cord should be used to plug into the light or appliance to run directly with the portable generator (reworded)
- Make sure the extension cord is rated for the size of load it's serving
- Ensure the generator is running in an open, well-ventilated location as they emit carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas that can silently kill occupants of a home
- Always follow all the safety instructions that concern the operation of your portable generator
The Holland BPW does not recommend or endorse any particular generator manufacturer or model.