Portable generators can be useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but also can be hazardous if they aren’t isolated properly. To properly isolate portable generators, be careful you never connect it to an electrical outlet. Instead, appliances should be connected directly to the generator.

The easiest way to use a generator is to simply plug the equipment to be operated directly into the proper outlet on the generator.

  • Never connect the generator’s electrical output to any live home or building electrical circuits.
  • Never plug a generator into a wall outlet.
  • Avoid contact with bare wires and terminals.
  • Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in any damp or highly conductive area.
  • If you choose to have a transfer switch (permanent connection) installed for a portable generator, contact a licensed electrician.
  • Consult a licensed electrician to choose a generator. This will help ensure proper installation, prevent backfeeding onto the electric system, and make certain it meets national and local electrical code requirements.

AEPOhio.com has more information about how to be safe around generators.

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