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Generator Safety Tips

Updated: Jul 7, 2020

Hot summer weather has the ability to produce some very nasty storms and cause the potential problem of power outages. While we as Manitoban's are not foreign to the power going out, we may not know what exactly you should do with a generator or how to use it safely.

  1. Keep The Generator Outside: Follow all of the instructions provided by the manufacturer. DO NOT CUT CORNERS!!! Maybe an obvious idea but don't even put the generator in the garage. CO fumes are odorless and can quickly overwhelm you indoors and cause harm such as shortness of breath, nausea, blurred vision, confusion, and more.

  2. Use Correct Power Cords: Generators are powerful machines so you need to use the correct power cord to carry the electrical load. Overloaded power cords can cause damage through fire that could be irreversible.

  3. Do Not Run Cords Under Carpet: Avoid running the power cords under carpet. If the heat becomes present due to an overload in the power cord you may not notice the damage that will be done to the carpet and those spots will not come out.

  4. Connect Wisely: Never connect generators to another power source such as power lines. The reverse flow of electricity or ‘back feed’ can electrocute an unsuspecting utility worker.

Now that you know these safety tips, you are ready for the next Manitoba storm! Corner 2 Corner Cleaning & Restoration offers full damage restoration services any time, any day, and all week. Our team is trained and can assist you in any way needed. We have a licensed electrician who can make sure all power cords and other electrical areas are well tended to without creating more damage.

Be safe this summer and remember to use caution while operating ALL gas-powered tools and equipment around your home.

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