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Dalton’s Guide to Generator Safety

Generators are a tricky subject. Everyone knows what they do and why they’re important, but it’s all theoretical until you open the system and actually take a look.

Don’t actually do that, though; opening your generator can ruin the warranty, be dangerous, and cause parts to malfunction. You’ll need to trust an expert and your own research to figure out just how this system works.

Why is it so important to learn how your generator works? Because the process requires the burning of fuel (like natural gas or gasoline) in order for electricity to be produced.

Just like a car, this process can be dangerous if done incorrectly. For instance, running a generator in your garage is a terribly dangerous idea and we’ll explain why down below.

For now, just make sure you have our number on hand in case you need generator services in Mount Vernon, IA. And keep reading to learn about our generator safety tips.

Be Weary of Shifting Ground

A generator needs stability in order to safely provide you with electricity. Even a portable generator is going to run into problems if it shifts or falls over. And those problems can quickly turn into safety hazards, because there’s combustible fuel inside of the system.

When deciding where to have your generator placed, make sure it’s put on something like concrete, asphalt, or some kind of non-flammable platform. This is so that when it heavily rains or starts flooding, the ground doesn’t shift or cause the generator to fall over.

Also, notice how we said “non-flammable platform?” Yes, putting a generator on your wooden deck is a bad idea, because of the safety implications. If it falls over or runs into issues, the combustible fuel could spill all over your deck which can quickly become firewood if you’re not careful.

We know that this might sound inconvenient, but convenience should never outweigh the safety and stability of your home (and the lives of your family members).

Never Run a Generator Indoors

Generators produce fumes. If you’ve ever been very close to one, you probably know that by now. However, what people don’t realize is that those fumes can get trapped very easily and cause some negative health effects over time.

This isn’t really a problem if the generator is running outdoors, but if you decide to run it inside then you’re at risk for a safety issue.

We see this most commonly with basements and garages. People like to assume these areas are separate from their homes while still protected from the elements, but they can still trap those fumes and cause damage to your health.

Invest in Maintenance and Repairs

Lastly, if your generator is malfunctioning in any way, make sure you get it fixed or maintained. We can’t stress enough that these systems are burning gas or fuel to create electricity, which means a malfunction can lead to fuel fires, electrical fires, and other safety risks. A well-maintained and inspected system will last longer and provide you with peace of mind.

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise! To set up an appointment in the Cedar Rapids area, give us a call at the number above, email or schedule an appointment online. 

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