How To Safely Use A Portable Generator

In the aftermath of a storm, a portable generator is an invaluable piece of equipment. A sense of normalcy can help ease the anxiety and worry that come with losing electricity and light. Having a generator can benefit your life begin to feel normal again.

How can you stay safe when using a portable generator? These are a few critical and life-saving points to keep in mind:

  • What are the dangers
  • How to use safely

What Are The Dangers

Two of the most significant risks when using a portable generator are toxic fumes and burns.

Toxic Fumes

Carbon monoxide(CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. This gas is released through the engine’s exhaust when using a portable generator and can put your life at risk if misused. 

It is important to NEVER use a portable generator in an enclosed space or your home, including partially enclosed spaces such as a garage. These spaces can capture deadly levels of carbon monoxide.


It is essential to use precaution when you are around a running generator to avoid touching it and getting burned. 

When storing the generator’s fuel, make sure to store only in approved containers in a cool and well-ventilated area. Keep away from any potential sources of heat or fire, such as a natural gas water heater in the garage.

How To Use Safely

To keep safe from toxic exhaust fumes, it is best to place the generator twenty feet from the house with the engine exhaust directed away from any windows and doors.

Do not run the generator under the rain. This can cause fires and electrical damage.

The best way to use your generator on a rainy day is to make sure it is under a canopy or well set up a tarp that will protect the generator and anything connected to it from getting damaged or igniting. 

Make sure to keep both the generator and your hands dry to avoid getting electrocuted. 

When connecting an extension cord, make sure to use a heavy-duty cable free of any damage, especially exposed wires.

Never try to power the house wiring by plugging it into a house outlet. This is what is known as “backfeeding.” This practice can put utility workers, the neighbors, and your household at risk of electrocution. 

You Can Power Through

The idea of a disaster leaving you and your family in the dark can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Preparing for hard times is the best way to make those hard days a little easier.

Having a portable generator can help you be ready for the next big storm, but perhaps having a generator installed in your home may seem like a more suitable option. Allowing you to be prepared for many big storms.  

With the help of Midwest Generator Solutions, you can make all those days in the dark turn into days with light.