One way to protect your home and family from an extended power outage is to purchase a home generator, which can provide power to your home or office when the electricity shuts off. If you have the luxury of time, make sure to plan ahead. If you’re considering running your house or office on a generator, take the time to do your homework on generators and your must haves before buying and installing one. You don’t want to find yourself scrambling in the event of an emergency.
Many times customers ask “do I really need a generator”? This is a personal decision that you the homeowner and your family should make together. Identify what your needs are in a crisis situation. Are there young children in the home? Are you a care giver to an elderly parent? How much power do you want during an outage? What appliances are the most important to run? These are questions you need answered when putting your project plan together.
Just a few generator safety tips:
- Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage or carport, even if the garage door is open.
- Place the generator at least 20 feet away from a building.
- Put the generator outside and away from open doors, windows, and vents.
- Turn off generator and let it cool down before refueling it.
- Never refuel the generator while it is still running.
- Read product directions for other safety tips.
- Install a battery-operated CO alarm in your home and check the batteries annually.
You can also contact us at Mister Sparky Electric and we can assist you during your planning process from start to finish.