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Generator Safety

Generator Safety

Operating A Generator Safely

If you plan to use a generator in the event of a power outage, remember these tips to keep you, your family, your neighbors and OUC's line crews safe:

  • Plug appliances directly into the generator or use a heavy duty, outdoor-rated extension cord.

  • Avoid plugging the generator directly into your home because it could re-energize the power lines, endangering your neighbors and utility crews working to restore power in your area.

  • Be aware it is against the law and a violation of electrical codes to connect generators to your home's electrical circuits without the approved automatic-interrupt devices.

  • Place the generator outside your home and away from open windows and doors to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.

  • Do not use a generator in rainy or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface and use a canopy-like structure to keep out moisture.

  • Always read the instructions carefully and consult a professional if you have any questions or concerns.

  • View and download this U.S. Consumer Product Safety Alert regarding portable generator hazards.