How to use Power Generator During a Power Outage
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- Keep your generator at a safe distance from your home and neighbors’ homes. All windows and doors should also be closed to make doubly sure that any dangerous fumes from the portable generator do not enter your house. Try to maintain a distance of at least 5 meters.
- Check that your generator’s engine has enough oil and fuel to run for as long as possible, and if not, top it up with the correct type.
- You should not plug directly into your home’s electrical wiring because it is very dangerous.
- You can plug the appliance you want to power into an adapter and then connect this cable to your generator and plug it in directly this way. Again, this cable should be able to support the total amount of power you intend to run through it.
- Alternatively, you can install a transfer switch in your home that will connect the generator directly to your mains power supply. However, this should only be attempted by a qualified electrician. In such a setup, make sure you are not turning on any connected items or opening any circuit breakers on the transfer switch. Turn on your generator (according to the user manual) and let it run for a few moments to warm up.
- With the power ready, don’t rush and turn on each appliance or load you want to power individually. Or use your transfer switch to turn them on.
- While waiting for the main power to return, enjoy the new power you have, which is provided by your portable generator. In the meantime, continue to monitor the generator and what you are currently powering. When power is restored, reverse this setup process and safely disconnect all connections.
- Wait for your generator to cool down before placing it back in its designated storage area. During storage, take extra care to keep your generator clean to avoid any potential damage.