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Follow safety rules when using a standby generator


With winter just around the corner, remember to think safety if you are considering installing a standby generator to keep your household appliances running when Mother Nature takes out the power during snow and ice storms.

Never connect a standby generator into your home's electrical system. There are only two safe ways to connect a standby generator to your equipment.

Stationary Generator: An approved generator transfer switch for a stationary generator, which keeps your house circuits separate from the electric co-op, should be installed by a professional.

Portable Generator: Plug appliances directly into the outlet provided on the generator.

Always set up and run your generator in a well-ventilated area outside the home. Make sure it's out and away from your garage, doors, windows and vents. The carbon monoxide generated can be deadly. Use a heavy-duty extension cord to connect electric appliances to the outlets on the generator.

Always start the generator before connecting appliances.