Does your home have a generator? Keeping one can be especially handy following a major weather event, when electricity may be down for an undetermined period of time. And, while you’re probably not used to relying on your generator, it’s no excuse to overlook basic safety measures involved with using them.
Never run your generator in an enclosed space. Exposure to carbon monoxide is incredibly risky so using a generator indoors or partially enclosed spaces is never an option. These include basements and garages, which can retain harmful levels of carbon monoxide. What you need to do is place the generator at least 20 feet away from your home, with the engine exhaust directed away from windows or doors.
Have it inspected by a professional. As with most crucial home components, your generator should be checked regularly by a reliable generator contractor like Jeff Woods Construction. Our experienced technicians will perform a comprehensive inspection to catch any early warning signs of issues and promptly deal with them. This way, you can rest assured knowing your system will remain in tip-top shape all year round.
Avoid running the generator in the rain. Use the generator only when necessary – you should, in fact, avoid running it when the weather creates wet or moist conditions. But if you absolutely have to, keep it under a tent or an open canopy-like structure that allows it to run without getting wet from splashes or puddles. And, always make sure your hands are dry before touching the generator.
Keep small children and pets away from the generator. Most components of the generator are hot enough to burn skin during its operation. For this reason, make sure your kids and pets stay away from the unit. If you’re refueling the generator, turn it off and cool it down before proceeding.
Jeff Woods Construction is your go-to company for the highest quality whole house generator systems. We offer options from Generac® and KOHLER®, ensuring superior, lasting performance that is backed by world-class service and support. Our service areas include Rockwood, Crossville and Kingston, TN. Call us today at (931) 787-9107, or fill out this contact form to schedule your roof evaluation.