During a hurricane, having a generator can be a wonderful thing. After all, when such a terrible storm might be having an impact on your area, having a generator can make the difference between being able to live in relative comfort and having to go without electricity completely. Of course, generators can be dangerous, and some people do get injured when using them. These tips can help you avoid injury when you're using your generator during a hurricane.
1. Have it Hooked Up Professionally
Some people get injured -- or even killed -- when hooking up their own generators. After all, this does involve hooking your generator up to the wiring in your home, and it's a very dangerous job for someone who might not know what he or she is doing. The good thing about hurricanes is that there is often at least some advance notice about whether or not the storm is going to affect your area, so there's the opportunity to hire a residential electrician to come out and help with hooking up the generator. This will not only help protect you and your loved ones from injury but will also help you make sure that your generator will work when your power goes out. Plus, you will not have to worry about messing with the generator in the middle of the storm; instead, you can stay inside where it's hopefully safe and dry.
2. Be Careful About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
One of the biggest concerns that you have to worry about when using a generator during a hurricane or at any other time is the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure that you do not bring your generator indoors and that the generator is not placed in an area where the fumes will come into the house, such as through a window. Also, if you don't have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home, install them now. Make sure that they operate off of battery power for when the power goes out.
3. Keep it Dry
Even though many people use their generators during hurricanes and other bad weather events, generators are not supposed to get wet. If your generator is exposed to the elements, then there could be a short circuit, which could lead to the generator catching on fire and putting you and everyone in your home at risk. Make sure that you keep your generator in a location where it will be protected from the rain.