(February 8, 2021 – Centerville, TN) — Portable generators have become more commonplace as a backup source for power. Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative shares safety tips and the reminder that generators can cause serious injury and even death when used or installed the wrong way.
- Never connect generators directly to your home’s wiring. The reverse flow of electricity can electrocute utility workers or others that might come in contact with the power line. The only safe way to connect a portable electric generator to your existing wiring is to have a licensed electrical contractor install a transfer switch. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
- To prevent electric shock, make sure your generator is properly grounded.
- Operate electric generators or other fuel-powered machines outside where deadly carbon monoxide fumes cannot enter the home. Do not use a generator in an attached garage.
- Individual appliances should be plugged directly into the generator receptacle outlet using appropriately sized extension cords to carry the electric load. Make sure cords are rated for outdoor use, have a grounded, three-pronged plug, and are in good condition.
- Never plug a generator into a household outlet.
- Do not refuel a generator while it is running.
- Turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting it down.
- Keep children and pets away from generators.
To save a life, MLEC urges anyone planning to install or use a generator to visit safety section for information on safe installation and operation standards. You can also contact MLEC for details via phone or email (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
MLEC is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that serves more than 35,000 meters in Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lewis and Perry counties. Learn more about MLEC and MLConnect broadband internet at www.mlec.com.