Portable generators have many different applications. They can be used to provide additional power when required. Or during an emergencies that most often involve flooding or power outages. In this scenario power will be essential in order to continue to run appliances.
When purchasing or renting a generator regardless of portability, its vital to understand the and be aware of the dangers and hazards present when using a generator.
Running a portable generator can be very dangerous when the necessary precautions are not taken. Here are just some of the dangers and areas that should be avoided:
– Most generators produce carbon monoxide, the levels of carbon monoxide produced can be very high when in a small space. Carbon monoxide has no smell or taste and therefore is considered very deadly. The levels can remain high even after being switched off.
– Never use a generator inside a house, within a garage or even sheds. Even though windows may be open with plenty of space, the carbon monoxide will still be able to build up quickly and be a threat.
– Generators are also capable of causing shock and electrocution, especially when wet. If it is raining or generally wet outside use protective covers that leave plenty of space above and around the generator. Also ensure no water can collect around the base of the generator. Remember to never operate a generator with wet hands or equipment.
– Never consider powering all the household electronics and appliances by plugging the generator directly into a plug in the wall. If unsure how to connect a portable generator seek professional help.
– If a generator will be used around the home on a regular basis, consider installing battery operated carbon monoxide alarms. Standard smoke alarms can not pick up the presence of carbon monoxide.
– Never operate a generator when the wind is forcing exhaust fumes into the home or populated areas.
This is just a short list of the most important issues to be wary of when using a portable generator. If these issues are reason not to purchase or consider a generator rental then it may be worth looking into indoor generators. Indoor generators can provide a suitable power supply using a battery instead of diesel or bio-fuel. There are much less safety issues and will make very little noise. Providing an alternative power source for the home. Particularly useful for those living in flats and unable to benefit from traditional generators along with portable generators.
So whatever the reason, a power outage, flood, natural disaster to simple power demands – there is a generator to suit everyone's needs.