Here at Eagle Rentals, we offer a range of high-quality equipment rentals to help you complete a variety of home improvement projects. If you’re going to be using a lot of power tools or heavy equipment, it’s often a good idea to use a generator to power them. Our team has extensive experience in how to use generators, and in this article, we’ll go over some key guidelines for how to use them safely so that you can get the best results from your project without putting yourself or anyone else at risk.
- Make sure the generator is far away from any buildings. The first thing we want you to know about using generators safely is that you must always place generators outside and away from structures. Using a generator inside an enclosed space, or even one that’s only partially enclosed, can lead to a buildup of dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide in the air. Keep your generator outside and at least 15 feet away from any open windows to ensure that the exhaust won’t get inside.
- Don’t let the generator get wet. Another key safety measure when using generators is to keep them dry. We recommend rigging up a canopy to cover your generator and protect it from the rain, and you should turn it off and cease work if it does start to rain. In addition, always make sure that your hands are completely dry before you touch the generator so as not to get shocked.
- Use the right extension cords. A third tip for using generators safely is to always use the right extension cords to connect your equipment to the generator. These should be heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords that are in good working condition, with no signs of wear, and they should have a wire gauge that can handle the load for the equipment in question.