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    Top 5 tips for using a generator safely

    Published on 29 February 2016, Monday, 12:53 AM

    Whatever the job is that requires a generator hire, it is important to ensure you are using this piece of equipment in the safest possible manner.

    Here are some tips that will help you make the most out of this item, without causing any risk to your safety.

    Be careful where you place it

    Portable generators act as internal combustion engines and as such need to be placed outside the home in an dry and well-ventilated position.

    If they are kept inside, the carbon dioxide that is released can present a danger to you and your family members.

    Remember, this gas cannot be seen or smelt, so there is no way to ensure you are not breathing it in if your generator is kept inside your property.

    Ensure it is kept well away from the air intakes into your home and is protected from the elements, such as rain, hail and snow.

    Make sure there is plenty of air space around the generator when it is in use and if you begin to feel any flu-like symptoms, get fresh air immediately.

    Turn it off before refuelling

    Any fuel that is spilled on hot engine parts can ignite and cause fires and electrocution, so it is best to let these machines cool down before filling them up.

    Do not overload the generator

    Make sure you have read the instructions and only plug in what is appropriate. Calculate exactly how many watts you require and plan accordingly.

    Overloading the generator can result in serious consequences such as fire. If you are using an extension cord, make sure it is completely free from cuts and tears.

    Plugging in too many appliances can cause damage to the goods and electronics as well as to the generator.

    Never plug into the wall

    This is known as back feeding and can put utility workers are risk of electrocution, even if they are working on the line down the road.

    It could also cause damage to the utility equipment itself, the generator and your home appliances, so it is best to avoid plugging this into your hard-wiring completely.

    Switch appliances on at the right moment

    When plugging items into the generator, it is best to turn them off until the generator is operating.

    Once it is running as planned, aim to turn on appliances one by one to avoid overloading the unit.

    In some instances this may mean you need to prioritise what is important as you may not be able to have everything running safely at once.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.