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A backup generator can be a godsend during power outages, but making sure you’re prepared takes more than just buying one and “waiting for a rainy day.”
In addition to making sure you understand how much power your property needs to function, you’ll want to make sure you get a generator that won’t mess up your electronics and keeping a stash of extra gas and extension cords for when the time comes to use it.
Did you know you can also get liquid propane-powered generators? And, if you need to tie your generator into your house power panel (to power your furnace, well pump and electric water heater), you’ll need a transfer switch.
Let’s look at three other important considerations for owning and operating a generator.
Invest in Jerry Cans
If you are going to depend on this generator for a few days worth of power, you need to have fuel on hand. Its a necessary part of the deal.
Buying a few big jerry cans that can hold 5-10 gallons of gasoline can give you enough to deal with a few days of a power outage.
Just date your cans when they are filled and when you get close to 6 months just use them to fill your car before they go stale.
Don’t Kill the Family
These things pump out carbon monoxide. You will kill yourself and your family if you run a portable generator indoors.
Also, these machines can shock and kill you. Do not let children or people who don’t know how to operate these generators touch or go near them.
Lock it UP!
You would do well to keep the generator under lock and key. These things are expensive and are a great investment. You don’t wanna go for the generator in a power outage only to find that it’s been stolen.
These are just a few tips for using emergency generators among many. Be smart and safe with your generator.