What are the benefits of a generator?

Lightning strikes. Thunder crashes. Your power goes out.

Working outside. Equipment set up. Your power cord won't reach an outlet. 

You know these situations all too well. In the moment you need it, you can't get power and frustration sets in. Fortunately, there is a way to address power interruptions and out-of-reach power sources ' portable gas-powered generators

Portable generators are designed to serve as a power source when you can't get it anywhere else. During a power outage, a generator can power your home's electronics, including heating and cooling systems, televisions and refrigerators. If you're working outside or camping in the wilderness, a generator can run your power equipment, heaters and external lights. 

Whatever your needs, a portable generator brings power to you. 

 

 

Operating a generator

Like all power equipment, generators can be dangerous if not operated correctly. It's important to keep a few safety considerations in mind before using a generator. 

  • Always consult your operating manual before operating your generator. The manual will help you understand the maintenance needs and safety concerns for your specific model. 
  • Never use a generator indoors. Generators produce carbon monoxide (CO) and operate at high temperatures. If taken inside, you risk CO poisoning and ignition of flammable liquids.  
  • Leave at least 5 feet of clearance on all sides of the generator to avoid contact with other equipment and flammable substances. Keep far from windows, doors and other openings in your home where CO fumes could potentially enter. 
  • Reduce risks of shocks and fire hazards by always using heavy duty outdoor power cords when connecting equipment to the generator. Never attempt to power your house by connecting the generator to an outlet. This is an extremely dangerous practice known as 'backfeeding.' This will bypass your home's circuit protection devices potentially leading to electrocution of neighbors or utility workers.  
 

Maintenance

Maintaining your generator is not very different from your other power equipment. In general, there are five tips you should always follow.

  1. Change the oil ' Oil will need to be changed after every 100 hours of use
  2. Replace the spark plug and air filter ' Replace both every season or after 200 hours of use
  3. Drain fuel when not in use ' Prevents gas from becoming acidic or forming gum deposits
  4. Ensure the fuel or battery is full before use ' Prevents power loss
  5. Start your generator every 30 days ' Keeps internal components lubricated and helps prevent maintenance issues