How to Use a Generator


How to Use a Generator

Having a generator on hand during a power outage can make life a whole lot easier and can be a life-saver for those who require electricity for medical reasons. While a portable generator will not power your entire house, it can provide enough electricity to make life bearable, even comfortable, until power is restored.


2- Place your generator outside in an open area

. It should be located away from doors or windows to prevent carbon monoxide from entering your home. Make sure the area is dry. If using during rainy weather, place it under a canopy or other covering.

  • Consider that generators create a lot of noise. You may want to experiment with different locations. Most portable generators have wheels and are easily moved.


3- Follow manufacturers’ instructions for recommended fuel and oil and for starting and running instructions.

 A typical 6,000 watt generator will hold 8-10 gallons (30.24 – 37.80 liters) of fuel and will run for approximately 10 hours.


4- Plug appliances and other items into generator using a heavy-duty outdoor extension cord that is grounded.

 You can then plug a power-strip into the extension cord indoors.