Portable generators are designed to be connected only to selected appliances or lamps. These generators never should be connected directly to a building's wiring system.

  • Before starting your generator, carefully read and follow all of the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Be sure that the total electric load on your generator won't exceed the manufacturer's rating.
  • Always locate your generator where its exhaust will vent safely.
  • Prioritize your needs. Use the lowest wattage light bulbs that provide a safe level of light, reserving power for additional lighting elsewhere or a small appliance. Remember that the greater the load on your generator, the more fuel it will use.
  • Keep cords out of the way so they don't present a tripping hazard -- especially in dimly lit doorways or halls. Never run cords under rugs or carpets where heat might build up or damage to a cord may go unnoticed.
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