Generators can be confusing for anybody, especially first-time users. A lot of people don’t have a clue, but it’s important that if you are planning on buying one, you learn a few basics. The incorrect use of a generator can be highly dangerous and comes with some major risks, therefore it’s a lot more important than you may have thought to be aware of the Do’s and Don’ts when purchasing your generator for the first time. So, we have put together some of the essentials that you must make sure to keep in mind when considering your first generator purchase.
Do listen to the sales team. Here at Constant Power Solutions, we provide all customers with a fully trained and knowledgeable sales team, so that we can ensure all customers receive exactly what they need. We have years of experience and can ensure that your experience purchasing your first-time generator will be made a lot easier if you let us advise you.
Do keep all parts of the generator in good condition. This might sound a bit obvious, but by this, we mean things like the extension cords. Damaged cords and wires that are exposed or frayed can lead to major risks and dangers, including an electric shock or even a fire!
Do plan how much power you will need. To help us advise you with the correct generator, you will need to make sure you have planned how much power will be necessary to draw from your generator. Another reason for this is because a generator may produce more power than you think, causing an overload.
Don’t keep your generator in your home or any attached structure. Generators are not supposed to be kept in your house, and we also advise you don’t keep it too close to your home either. The reason for this is a generator can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, therefore you should keep it at least 30 feet away from your house with an extension cord that’s in good condition with no frays, as mentioned before.
Don’t plug your generator into a direct electric socket! This can be very dangerous to yourself, your home and others in it, and it could even result in electrocution.
Don’t use your generator in wet conditions. This may seem obvious as nothing electric should be used within a wet environment, but during/post rain storms or floods it might seem difficult to avoid using it, but it’s absolutely necessary that you do not. Attempting to use your generator in wet environments can lead to possible electrocution and permanent damage to your generator. So, we always advise to keep your generator covered at all times so that it remains dry even in drastic weather conditions, and never touch the generator or any parts of it whilst you yourself are wet.