Do It Yourself: How To Use An Emergency Power Generator

Generators are useful for creating electric where there is none. But, do you know how to use one? Find out how with these tips and instructions.

An emergency power generator can help to keep some lights on in your home. It can also help to keep you and your family warm in case the main power to your house goes out. It used to be that power outages were most often caused by electrical storms and car accidents where one or more power poles were knocked down. Nowadays, power outages are more common than they used to be. The main power grids that cross the United States are being overloaded and are out of date. Therefore, the electric companies are constantly working to maintain and update them. Sometimes, the electricity to a certain area must be shut off for a period of time in order for the companies to perform their work.

Typically, generators cost between several hundred dollars and several thousand dollars, depending on their size and output. Most of these machines produce one hundred and twenty volt outputs, but you can also purchase larger generators that produce two hundred and forty volts.

While generators are a great way to produce electrical power in an emergency situation, they are usually noisy. But, no matter what the reason for a power outage maybe, an emergency power generator can be used to help make your life a little more normal.



Before you use your generator, make sure that you read the manufacturer's directions thoroughly. Most generators operate by using and engine and gasoline. When they run, they give off harmful carbon monoxide. So one of the most important factors to remember is that you need to use the emergency power generator in a well ventilated area! If you use it in your garage or basement, for example, then you'll need to vent it outside. Never place a generator in your house!

Before you start the machine, you'll need to fill the tank with fuel. For safety purposes, be careful not to run the gasoline over the top. (Store the extra gasoline in an approved container away from fire, flames. and sparks.) Depending on the size of the generator and how heavy a load it runs, you'll need to refuel it every so many hours.

Then, follow the manufacturer's directions, but most generators have a pull start. Once it's running, you'll need to plug in the appliances, lights, et cetera, that you want to operate. Keep in mind that a generator can't handle every electrical device in your house. In case of a power failure, you'll have to decide what devices you need to operate on the power of the generator.

For example, basically, you need heat, lights, and a method for cooking meals. You may also want to keep your refrigerator running so your food doesn't spoil. If you don't have a lot of perishables in your refrigerator, you can always store them in a cooler with ice. If the weather is frigid outside, you can even store the cooler outside. This can ease the load on the generator and enable the machine to run longer on a tank full of gasoline. Keep in mind also, that you'll want to conserve as much fuel as possible. Being that this is an emergency situation, gasoline might be in short supply!

A larger machine will have a two hundred and forty volt cable that plugs into your household circuit panel. Smaller generators that produce one hundred and twenty volts usually have several outlets you can plug into.

Be sure to check on the machine every so often to make sure that it's running properly. Also, be careful not to overload it, and make sure the area it stays in is well ventilated.

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