Safety Tips for Home Generators

Portable generator

Posted: March 31, 2016

Since 2003, the average annual number of weather-related power outages has doubled! With extreme weather seemingly becoming the “new normal,” many homeowners have responded by adding a permanent or portable generator to their home as a backup power source. With that in mind, our team wanted to share these safety tips.

  • Never operate a portable generator in an enclosed or partially enclosed space; keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and away from windows and doors.
  • If your generator is not connected to a propane tank, be sure to store generator fuel in a properly labeled container.
  • Always use a grounded extension cord with the proper power rating.
  • Even though you may only use a backup generator occasionally, it should be inspected and adjusted at least once a year. All generators require periodic oil and filter changes to ensure years of reliable service. We can take care of this for you.
  • Installed whole-house generators should have a transfer switch to ensure a smooth transition when the lights go out. A transfer switch cuts electricity flow to the grid while the generator is on. This prevents the power in the generator from “back-feeding” into outside power lines and potentially injuring utility crews.

Casey Energy offers expert generator services for our Westchester and Fairfield county customers, including equipment sales, installations, maintenance and repairs. Read more about generators here.

If you would like to add a generator to your home or schedule maintenance, please contact us.