Electricity has become something we all depend on very heavily so, if the power goes out for any reason, we can easily find ourselves in utter chaos. For those who depend on a constant flow of electricity to their homes for health reasons, however, a power outage can become a serious concern. To prevent a complete lack of power to the home, many people opt to purchase a portable generator. These can be very useful machines to own as they do not require a special permit to own or operate and can be transported easily, making them also ideal for camping, etc.
Proper safety measures should be taken when using a portable generator as they can be dangerous if not used the way they are intended. An example of this is being careful not to overload the generator which can happen easily during a power outage if you are trying to keep all appliances running as normal. Make sure you only use it for appliances that are necessary for the basic running of the home. Its also important to note, especially if someone relies on electricity for health reasons, that portable generators are meant only for corded appliances and not for those that are hard-wired to the home.
Never keep a portable generator running inside the house as they produce carbon monoxide which can be extremely dangerous. While the generator is running it will become hot so care should be taken when working around it and most especially when putting gasoline into it.
We can clearly see the benefits of owning a portable generator but, its also important to be aware of the dangers associated with operating one.
Devereaux Van Dyne, Certified Professional Home Inspector