Portable and permanent generators are vital if your shop faces a power outage. However, they offer dangers that you do not face when using grid power. That’s why you need to teach workers safety tips when operating a power generator. A safe Wisconsin workplace or home is preferable to facing disaster when you already face an outage. Here are six power generator safety tips:
- Keep it outside: Generators run on gasoline or diesel, and that produces deadly carbon monoxide fumes. Install generators outside and do not move portable generators indoors. That includes shops or garages, since those areas do not offer ventilation. You can use heavy-duty extension cords to plug your appliances into the generator.
- Turn on the generator first: Power generator design is for temporary usage. It will not have the ability to handle all your appliances and equipment at once. Turn on the generator first and then plug in essential items one at a time. See how it operates before plugging in additional equipment, and even if the generator is doing well, limit use to equipment or appliances you need right now. Doing this helps you avoid overloading the generator.
- Avoid moisture: Operating a generator in wet conditions is risky. Before you face these conditions, create a covered area for the generator to protect it from the elements and give it a dry surface. An open canopy-like structure will suffice. Keep this area dry and remove any puddles. If you do not have a dry place for the generator, only use it for emergency circumstances or vital functions. Never touch a generator if your hands are wet, or you risk electric shock.
- Cool it off entirely before fueling: When you finish with the generator, fuel it at that time, so you do not face a power outage and an empty fuel tank at the same time. However, let it cool completely first. Turn it off and be patient—power generators that ran for several hours take longer to cool than those that ran for only an hour or so. Once it is completely cool, you can top off the fuel. Now you are ready if you face another power outage.
- Keep away from kids and pets: Your home power generator can be a godsend during holiday power outages, but it also adds another hazard. Keep kids and pets away from portable generators. Generators produce heat, and the resulting burns will require a trip to the ER or emergency vet services. Keep it outside and away from areas where animals and kids play.
- Deal only with qualified vendors: Generators are useful items, but you need to be careful to buy a safe and effective one. Working with a qualified vendor ensures you find the right generator for your home or shop.
Wenniger Compressor Co. is the primary supplier of generators and air compressors in Wisconsin. Follow these safety tips when operating a power generator so your equipment lasts longer and your household or employees remain free from injury. Call us today to learn more about our products.