Power generators help a lot during power blackouts or when outdoor in places where there is no power connection such as when camping. However, just like any other electrical appliance it is always paramount to observe the necessary safety measures with an intention of enhancing the generator’s efficiency and also making sure that accidents do not happen. Here ate the primary things that one should know about how to properly and safely work with power generators.
One of the primary things that one should start with is carefully reading the instructions. This is important because even if most of generators are almost the same, there are details that can differentiae different types of generators. Through reading the instructions one gets to understand properties such as the power output of the generator and therefore avoid overloading. The instructions also guide one on the step by step way of handling the power generator properly. Furthermore, one also gets to know the things to avoid so as to ensure that the generator is safe and efficient.
Another important property that one should understand is where to place the generator. Most generators produce carbon monoxide which can is harmful if inhaled in large quantities. Therefore the ideal place to place the generator is outside the home or any other premises. The distance from the home to the generator should be reasonable and can easily be determined by the length of the power cord. The generator should be placed in a dry and firm surface because wetness around the generator can case accidents. In case it is raining or snowing one should look for a covered area or the right open covering material to prevent wetness from the generator.
It is also paramount to check the amenities that work with the generator prior to starting it. One of the most important things one should ensure is that the power cable is of high quality and can be able to handle the power produced by the generator. One should also check the fuel and oil level prior to starting the generator. Furthermore, one should also check all the rids and places that needs to be closed such as the fuel tank are tightly closed. Ensuring that there are no leakages is also important since leakages can even result to the generators exploding. After ensuring that the generator is in the right condition one should proceed to turn the fuel valve on and then pull the choke on by pulling it all the way out. Starting the generator rewires one to pull the chord hard and fast or press the control switch on depending on the type of generator. After the generator has started one should then push the choke in.
Some of the important caution and safety measure that one should observe while the generator is on include never refueling the generator while it is on and hot. Instead, when there in need to refuel one should switch it off and then wait for about ten minutes to give the motor time to cool down. This is because refilling while it is on can result to explosions or fire. One should also ensure the generator is stored in a cool and dry place. It is also important to turn the generator on and change the oil from time to time in case it stays for a long period without being in operation. Therefore, through following the outlined guidelines one can efficiently and safely work with power generators.