Guest Contributor - Anthony Gilbert, REALTOR
Backup Power Generator Safety Tips
A backup power generator is a tool many homeowners use to ensure their important systems can stay running no matter what. Most people are exposed to some risk related to energy loss at one point or another. This can happen as a result of an accident nearby, a bad storm, or even long-term construction. When you need to keep the power on, especially to run your home's heating and cooling systems, a generator works well. However, these are powerful systems that must be used properly in order to stay safe.
Install a Generator Safely
It starts with choosing the right generator. The American Red Cross along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created a helpful guide on how to choose a generator. Focus on size needed based on how much power your appliances and devices require. Then, focus on a permanently installed stationary generator when possible. This improves safety and reduces the loss of efficiency that is so common.
It's typically best to hire a professional to handle the installation process. Still, all installation and operation should be done according to the manufacturer's instruction. The owner's manual will provide excellent information on this.
Once you have the generator in the right location and installed properly, you still need to follow some specific tips on staying safe while using it.
Understand the Risks
The biggest risk associated with using a generator is the production of carbon monoxide. Too much production in an enclosed space can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition to this, there are electrical shock and fire safety rules that should be adhered to. These tips will help you avoid these larger risks:
Generators can be very safe to operate with a good understanding of the process and risks. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission provides a safety resource for using generators.
Annual Inspections Are Necessary
Finally, have your generator properly inspected every year. Be sure that your HVAC provider reviews operation with you and checks the system to ensure it is working at its best. Power outages don't need to mean a loss of heating or cooling in your home. With the proper safety considerations, your home will be comfortable regardless of outside influences.
Tony Gilbert is the owner of The RealFX Group. Tony specializes in real estate, real estate marketing, managing the team and achieving set goals.
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