Having a generator on hand in case of an extended power outage is a convenient way to maintain access to electricity, but they also pose serious safety risks if not used properly. Protect yourself and your family with these important tips:
- Read the manufacture’s safety and operating instructions before use. Follow the instructions for proper grounding and NEVER plug the generator into a wall outlet.
- Operate your generator a minimum of 25 feet from your home and NEVER indoors or near windows, vents, or doors. Be sure to consider the distance from your neighbors as well.
- Exposure to generator exhaust can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Install carbon monoxide alarms and check that they are functioning correctly before using your generator.
- Never leave the generator running while you are away and check on it regularly while its running.
- Plug appliances directly into the generator of use grounded, three-pronged extension cords with an amperage rating that meets your intended use.
- Always allow the generator to cool down completely before you refuel, and never try to refuel while it is running.
Connecting to your home’s electrical circuits
Before installing a generator that connects to your home’s electric circuits, please read our requirements and call 888-807-3952 if a service modification or meter disconnect is needed. Be aware that it is a violation of electrical code to connect a generator without a generator transfer switch automatic-interrupt device.
If a generator is online when electrical service is restored, it can be a fire hazard. Improperly installed generators can create hazardous conditions for KEC employees working to restore power or make repairs. A generator connected in parallel with KEC’s distribution network can produce a voltage that is potentially deadly to a line worker making repairs down the line.