The Risks of Running a Gas Generator in an Enclosed Place
by Curtis Leddy | November 30, 2022 | Gaseous Generators
A gas generator can be a great addition to any home, providing a source of backup power in case of an outage. Gas generators are typically more reliable than electric ones, and they can run for longer periods of time. In addition, gas generators are usually less expensive to operate than electric ones. As a result, gas generators can be a great option for people who want to be prepared for emergencies, but there are some safety issues with gas generators that must be followed without fail to prevent injury and death.
Safety is Essential
A gas generator can be a great addition to your home, providing a reliable source of power in case of an emergency. However, gas generators can also be dangerous if they are not used properly. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind if you have a gas generator at your home:
- Ventilation is a Must: Make sure the generator is installed in a well-ventilated area. Gas generators produce harmful fumes that can build up in enclosed spaces and cause serious health problems. It is always recommended that you use a gas generator which is placed outside your home, preferably where the invisible, deadly fumes cannot blow into any room or garage and collect there.
- Carbon Monoxide is Deadly: Never operate the generator indoors, even in a well-ventilated area. The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is simply too high. Not only is ventilation important, but never use a gas generator indoors, even in a garage with an open door. It is still too easy for carbon monoxide to collect in corners and in the half of the garage where there is no ventilation. Always use the gas generator outdoors. If it is raining or there is risk of moisture getting into the generator, and you still want to use your gas generator in the garage, ensure that there is cross ventilation and do not allow anyone to go into that area while it is running. The toxic fumes must be allowed to completely ventilate and disperse before the garage is safe again.
- Ground Your Generator Properly: Make sure the generator is properly grounded. This will help reduce the risk of electrical shock. A gas generator can be a great way to provide power for your home in the event of an outage. However, it is important to properly ground your gas generator to ensure the safety of you and your family. Your generator from Leddy Power Systems will have instructions on how to properly ground your generator, or we will perform this for you when we install it. If you do this yourself, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to ensure that your gas generator is properly grounded outside; never inside your home.
- Keep Moisture Out: Always keep the generator dry and free from moisture. Wet weather can create dangerous electrical hazards. Your generator is your source of electricity when the power company cannot provide it due to a storm, downed power lines, and other power issues. While it is convenient for your gas generator to power your home, it must be kept away from moisture.
Store your generator in a cool, dry place. A garage or shed is ideal when it is not running. If you're storing it outside, cover it with a tarp or other waterproof material. Also, keep the gas tank full. A full tank will help to prevent moisture from condensing inside the tank. Regularly inspect the generator for signs of moisture damage. If you see any corrosion or rust, take immediate action to dry out the machine and prevent further damage. By following these simple tips, you can help to ensure that your gas generator stays dry and in good working order for years to come.
Leddy Power Systems
By following these safety tips, you can help make sure that your gas generator is used safely and effectively. At Leddy Power Systems, we are here to ensure you and your family or business are safe when running generators. Call us with any questions you have about your generator or when purchasing one for your home. We want each and every person in LA County, Santa Barbara County, and Ventura County to be safe when using home or business generators. Reach out to us today for more information.