We’re not even into summer yet and already large swaths of the country have been impacted by storms. If you live in an area prone to such weather, you may find yourself investing in a generator so that you can be sure you’ll have power even during disasters. If so, then consider some of the safety information provided in a new article from Consumer Reports.
First, figure out if your home will benefit more from a portable or stationary generator. The latter is somewhat easier to maintain. After a dealer comes out and installs the unit, you’re pretty much good to go, as the unit will typically come with a propane or natural gas tank. Such models also start on a regular schedule so that tests can be run and their abilities can always be assured.
With portable generators, you have to be willing to invest the time and preparation necessary to ensure safety. You must have a safe storage area available with which to keep fuel. You also have to conduct regular maintenance, otherwise you could find that the unit doesn’t start when you need it to.
With either type, avoid carbon monoxide poisoning at all costs. Both models should be kept a sufficient distance away from the home, and at no point should a portable unit be brought inside or even in an area that is anything but completely open.