With hurricane season upon us, a backup generator for your home can provide peace of mind, but only if it’s used safely. Here’s what you need to know about buying and running a generator.


  • Location
    • Always keep generators at least 20 feet away from your home
    • Never operate a generator in an enclosed space
    • Make sure the generator has 3-4 feet of clear space above and on all sides proper ventilation 
    • Keep generators away from door, windows, and vents
    • Always direct exhaust away from your home
  • Use
    • Always use grounded cords and inspect cords for damage prior to use
    • Use the proper cord for the wattage being used
    • Always use GFCI protection 
    • Make sure to start/stop the generator when no electrical loads are connected 
    • Keep generators dry, do not operate when wet, and refuel when cool
    • Do not overload generators
    • Do not plug a generator directly into your home, connect items being powered directly to the generator 


Read more from Real Simple and learn how to stay safe when operating a generator here.