Generator Guidelines

PSA from a Brookhaven General Contractor :

Standby/portable generators

1. Make sure your generator is properly maintained. Clean oil, clean air filter, properly lubricated linkage. All of these are important to optimum performance and the longevity of the unit.

2. Placement. Do not run your generator inside your home, that includes your garage. I recommend a minimum of 10 feet away from your home's structure, and any out buildings. Also, keep all combustible, such as fuel, away from your generator. Air cooled generators require good air flow to prevent overheating, so positioning the unit in an open area is necessary.

3. Powering your home. If you are using extension cords for your refrigerator or other appliances, make sure they are in good condition. No frays, cracks, etc. on the insulation. Also, no signs of burning on the prongs, or the socket.

Do not attempt to power your whole home with the process of "back-feeding" through an outlet not designed for such use. A home Loadcenter can be back-fed but certain safety equipment is required, both to protect your home, yourself, and the linemen working to restore your main utility power.