Basic Standby Generator Safety Tips

standby generator safety tips

A standby generator is – without a doubt – the best way to keep ahead of a storm. However, like any major equipment or appliance around your home, there are a few things to keep in mind to operate your generator safely. Here are a few basic standby generator safety tips for easy operation.

Be familiar with your equipment.

Simply reading your manufacturer’s instructions is an important first step in safely operating your backup generator. Make sure you can identify important components of your generator. Be familiar with the automatic transfer switch (ATS), fuel line, and power switch. Know what type of fuel your generator uses (typically propane, natural gas, or diesel fuel), and how to refill that if needed.

Be sure a professional has completed the generator installation.

A generator is a powerful piece of equipment. If not installed properly to the electrical system of the home, it can lead to serious problems, such as shorting out the entire system. This leads to costly repairs and fire hazards. A professional will oversee the whole process and take care of those little details. Things that might not occur to a layman, an experienced electrician will know as a matter of course.

Regularly maintain your generator.

Generally speaking, generators are used for emergencies, and not on a daily basis. Because of this it can be easy to forget about your generator until you need it. But like any emergency supplies, your generator should be checked on a regular basis to be sure it’s in good working condition for when an emergency arises. Midwest Generator Solutions offers scheduled generator maintenance programs tailored to meet your needs.

Contact Midwest Generator Solutions for help.

Having the help of a professional is one of the best ways to know you’re operating your backup generator safely. At Midwest Generator Solutions, our trained, experienced technicians perform thousands of maintenance calls each year. Whether you just have a question about the operation of your generator, or your generator needs a tune-up, we’re here to help. Give us a call or follow this link to contact us today.