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Generator Safety: Essential Tips for Proper Usage and Maintenance


As a homeowner or business owner, having a generator can be a lifesaver during a power outage. However, it's important to remember that generators can be dangerous if not used properly. Here are some essential tips for proper generator usage:


When setting up your generator, make sure it's located outside and away from windows, doors, and vents. Generators emit carbon monoxide, which can be deadly if inhaled. Keep it at least 20 feet away from your home or business.

Proper Grounding

Make sure your generator is properly grounded to prevent electrical shock. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for grounding and never use a generator in wet conditions.

Fuel Safety

Store your fuel in a safe location away from heat sources and out of reach of children. Never add fuel to a hot generator or while it's running. Allow the generator to cool down before refueling.

Extension Cords

Use heavy-duty extension cords that are rated for outdoor use and have a grounding prong. Make sure the cords are in good condition and not frayed or damaged.


Regularly inspect and maintain your generator to ensure it's in good working condition. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for maintenance and have a professional electrician perform any necessary repairs.

By following these essential tips for proper generator usage, you can ensure the safety of yourself and others. Excel Electric LLC offers generator installation, maintenance, and repair services to keep your generator running smoothly. Contact us today to learn more.

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