1. Never plug a portable generator into a wall outlet or your home?s electrical system. There are only two safe ways to connect a standby generator to your equipment:
Stationary Generator: An approved generator transfer switch, which keeps your house circuits separate from the electric co-op, should be installed by a professional.
Portable Generator: Plug appliances directly into the outlet provided on the generator.
2. Set up and run your generator in a dry, well-ventilated area outside your home, and away from the garage, doors, windows, and vents. The carbon monoxide generated is DEADLY—install a CO detector in your home and check the batteries regularly.
3. Use a heavy-duty extension cord to connect electric appliances to the outlet on the generator.
4. Start the generator BEFORE connecting appliances.
5. To avoid a fire, turn off and let the generator cool before refueling.
Developed jointly by the Energy Education Council & Rural Electricity Resource Council