Home Generator Safety
While home generators are handy for backup electricity in case of an outage, there are hazards to be aware of. Serious accidents can result when a home generator is connected to an existing electrical circuit.
- If the electricity produced by the home generator follows the electrical lines back to the transformer, and the current is transformed to a higher voltage, the lives of any utility employees working on the lines nearby are endangered. Anyone touching equipment powered by the generator is also in danger.
- Also, when the main electric power comes back on, a generator connected to the existing electrical circuit will result in an explosion and fire. Direct installation of a generator to an existing electrical system should only be done by a qualified technician and approved by your electric supply authority.
- To operate a generator safely, follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Always ensure that the generator operates outdoors in well-ventilated conditions, well away from doors or windows to prevent exhaust gases from entering the house.
- Connect lights and appliances directly to the generator. If extension cords
must be used, ensure they are properly rated, CSA approved cords.