Are Portable Generators Dangerous?

Having a portable generator on hand during a serve storm, blizzard, or hurricane is great for peace of mind. If sometime during this storm your power goes out you can rest assured knowing that you have a backup source of power just waiting to be hooked up. But, the question is, are portable generators dangerous? Or, are they safe to use?

The answer to this question is rather simple. Yes, they are VERY dangerous if not setup and ran correctly. However, if handled correctly and safely then there is little danger. If handled incorrectly then the results can be catastrophic. There are many things that can go wrong when running generators such as carbon monoxide poisoning, fires, and electrocution.

The most common danger when using generators is carbon monoxide poisoning. This can occur when the generator’s exhaust is not properly vented. Remember folks, that generators should NEVER be run inside your home, your basement, or your garage. Generators have engines and engines create exhaust. Think of a generator as your car. You wouldn’t leave your car running in the garage, would you? The same principle applies for generators. Most people recommend setting your generator between fifteen to twenty feet away from your home. This is usually a safe distance. It is also good practice to have carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home just to be on the safe side.

For more information please check out our Generator Safety Guide by clicking here. This guide goes through the proper way to setup and run your generator. Lastly, please note that this article is intended for informational purposes only. We here at ToughAssTools are not liable for any property damage or personal injuries that can occur when operating generators.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

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