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3 Things To Remember When Operating A Generator

baltimore disaster restoration Losing power for extended periods of time can cause serious damage to you and/or your home. If an outage occurs during colder weather it will affect your ability to heat your home, keep food fresh, and even make your pipes vulnerable to freezing. This is why many homeowners invest in generators, to be prepared should an outage occur. Whenever you operate heavy machinery, it’s important to be safe. ServiceMaster of Baltimore wants to remind you of 3 important things to keep in mind when operating a generator.

Read The Manual

One of the most important things to remember to do when operating a generator is to read your machine’s manual. This should always be your first step. It will provide instructions on how to run the generator, as well as important safety measures. 

The hope is that we don’t need to use our generators often, or at all. But because they’re used infrequently (it’s possible you may only use it once every couple of years), it’s a good idea to keep the manual in a safe place so it can be available for reference every time you need to use your generator. 

Only Use It Outside Of Your Home

After you read your generator’s instruction manual, you’ll know that it cannot be operated inside your home. This is because of the carbon monoxide it emits, which can be deadly. The same goes for the inside of your garage or shed. One should never be operated anywhere other than outside of your home. The best place is to keep it at least 20 feet away from any major structure (home, shed, etc.). When deciding where to place your generator outside, be sure to keep your neighbors in mind. You don’t want the wind pushing any carbon monoxide from the exhaust against openings such as windows or doors.

Additionally, if you need an extension cord for your generator, be sure to only use one that is made for outdoor use and matches the circuit breaker of the generator outlet.

Pay Attention To The Weather

Oftentimes when we experience a power outage it’s due to inclement weather of some kind— thunderstorms, snow storms, etc. Usually it’s dangerous to be outside in this type of weather, and there’s no exception for setting up your generator. For example, setting it up in the pouring rain is dangerous for you, as well as for your machine. If you are expecting weather that will be bad enough to cause a power outage, it’s best to set up your generator outside with a generator tent prior to the storm, or waiting until it passes. 

ServiceMaster of Baltimore Offers Disaster Assistance

If you experience a disaster, you may need more than just a generator. Disasters can cause flooding, fires, and more. ServiceMaster has been serving Baltimore and its surrounding counties for more than 30 years, and we specialize in emergency services. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Call us at 410-780-1700.



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