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Hurricane-Ready: Generator safety

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Before buying a generator, consider the following:

  • What appliances will you run?
  • Do you need a portable or stationary generator?
  • Do you need multiple outlets or multiple types of outlets?


  • Never run a generator indoors OR in your garage. Find a well-ventilated area away from your home.
  • Do not connect your generator directly to your home's wiring. 
  • Always use heavy-duty, indoor/outdoor rated extension cords to connect to the generator.
  • Do not attempt to refuel your generator while it is running.
  • Turn off all appliances connected to the generator, then turn off the generator.
  • Let it cool before you attempt to refuel.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer's guidelines listed in your owner's manual for correct operating procedures and power output capabilities.
  • Don't try to run more appliances than your generator can handle.
  • Check the oil every time you add gas.
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator.
  • Save gas by alternating appliances. For example, refrigerators can be kept cool by supplying power eight hours a day.
  • Do not store fuel indoors.
  • Gasoline (and other flammable liquids) should be stored outside of living areas in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers. They should not be stored in a garage if a fuel-burning appliance is in the garage. The gasoline vapors can travel invisibly along the ground and easily be ignited.
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