Be safe while powering up.

Portable generators are easy and safe to use when correctly operated. Here are a few usage tips you should keep in mind.

IMPORTANT: Carbon monoxide is an invisible, poisonous gas. Make sure that there is proper ventilation. Do not operate your portable generator in-doors, in a garage or other enclosed structure or near open windows. If you experience dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea or irregular breathing, turn off portable generator, get fresh air and seek medical attention.

  • Wattage - Determine what appliances you will be able to run with the wattage guide.
  • Testing - Perform a dry run of your generator to make sure you are familiar of how you will operate it during a power outage.
  • Flashlight - Keep a flashlight handy to find your way to your generator.
  • Location - Keep your generator conveniently located.
  • Electric Start - If your generator is equipped with electric start, keep the battery charged.
  • Lubrication - Run your generator occasionally to keep the engine well lubricated.
  • Powering Your Generator - Keep an adequate supply of fresh gasoline and extension cords. Use fuel stabilizer if you plan on extended storage.
  • Plugging In - Plug in appliances one at a time being careful not to overload the circuits.
  • Cool After Use - Allow your generator to adequately cool-down before storing.
  • Cover - Use a storage cover to keep the generator free of dirt and debris.

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