Did You Know?
The capacity of a generator is calculated in watts. For instance, you may own a 2,000-watt generator. Therefore, if you have an appliance that requires 120 volts and uses 10 amps, the appliance will require 1,200 watts of power. By doing this calculation, you can determine what appliances can safely run on your generator based on its wattage rating.
EMERGENCY GENERATOR SAFETY
Use these safety tips when operating your generator:
- Do not run gasoline engines in an enclosed area since they produce carbon monoxide (CO), a dangerous gas that can cause death.
- Check the oil level in the engine on a regular basis, especially before using.
- Before refueling, let the engine cool completely.
- Place your generator a safe distance away from other structures since the engine can get quite hot.
- Make sure that your generator stays dry to prevent water damage and a potential electrical hazard.
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