The electricity created by power generator has the same hazards as normal utility-supplied electricity. It also has some additional hazards because electric generator users often bypass the safety devices (such as generator circuit breakers) that are built into electrical systems. The following precautions are provided to reduce shock and electrocution hazards:
Never attach a power generator directly to the electrical system of a structure (home, office, trailer, etc.) unless a qualified electrician has properly installed the power generator with a transfer switch.
2.Always plug electrical appliances directly into the power generator using the manufacturer’s supplied cords or extension cords that are grounded (3-pronged). Inspect the cords to make sure they are fully intact and not damaged, cut or abraded.
3.Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), especially where electrical equipment is used in or around wet or damp locations. GFCIs shut off power when an electrical current is detected outside normal paths.
4.Keep fuel containers away from flame producing and heat generating devices (such as the portable generator itself, water heaters, cigarettes, lighters, and matches).