Generators can be real life savers in the wake of a natural disaster such as a hurricane or blizzard.
However, they also come with quite a few serious hazards, including:
- electrocution from improper use of power or accidental energizing of other electrical systems
- carbon monoxide from the exhaust
- fires from improper refueling, and
- noise and vibration
Make sure a generator is properly grounded before use.
Always keep generators dry. Protect them from rain with a canopy if their use is required in wet conditions.
Never use generators indoors to keep workers safe from carbon monoxide exposure.
And always shut down a generator and let it cool off before refueling to avoid potential ignition hazards.