What Safety Precautions Should You Keep in Mind With a Home Generator

Here are the things you should keep in mind once you get a standby generator installed

While researching home generator options, something that tends to come up frequently are warnings to follow the safety requirements and recommendations at all costs. Reading some of these… horror stories, if you will – can scare the average person away from getting a generator altogether. However, there is one key detail that seems to be in most of those tales: and it’s that the person was using a portable generator, rather than a standby one.

Standby home generators mitigate many common risks that you encounter with a portable generator. While it's still important to follow all of the safety precautions, you can feel much safer using a standby generator. With that said, here are the things you should keep in mind once you get a standby generator installed.


Check on Your Home Generator Regularly

Physical damage to a standby generator can impact its safe operation. If you see anything that's compromising the equipment, such as cracks or large dents in the housing, have a professional come out to take a look at it. You don’t want to take the risk of relying on a standby generator if it could malfunction due to this damage. Check on it immediately before and after major storms in the region.

Keep the Area Around the Generator Clean

Be sure to clear out any dead branches, weeds, brush, and debris that pop up near the generator. It can be very useful to design your landscaping to keep flammable objects away from this area, with a brick patio surrounding it. You don't have to go that far, however, as a standby generator is set on its own cement pad.

Make Sure the Standby Generator is Properly Installed

A standby generator does not connect directly to your appliances. Instead, it goes through a switch that sits in between the equipment and your home's electrical system. If you have a standby generator that's not set up in this configuration, bring a qualified professional out to your home to remedy the situation before you encounter damage to your electrical system or generator.

Read Through the Manual

Sitting down and reading the manufacturer's manual may not be the most exciting way to spend an afternoon, but it is certainly important if you want to avoid problems down the road. You get vital information on how the generator should operate under normal conditions, and signs to watch out for in case it malfunctions.

Regular Maintenance is Key

You want a standby generator that is durable and dependable, and you’ll want to keep it that way. Parts can wear down inside the machine, fluids may need replacing and filters get swapped out on a regular basis. Schedule a professional to come out and take a look at things, so you always know the condition of your generator.

Standby generators are quite safe, and when you follow this advice, you'll make them even safer.


Posted by Bill Henderson | Jul 11, 2019 | Categories: Power Generation