Safety First When Using Portable Generators

Portable generators have become a popular option for some people who need or want the extra assurance of having power even during an outage. If you have a generator, or are considering buying one, know the dos and don’ts of using it before you need it.

Lightning throughout the Puget Sound region recently has caused small scattered outages by damaging electrical equipment.

Seattle City Light crews work hard to restore power as quickly as possible, but we recognize that even a short outage is an inconvenience.

Portable generators have become a popular option for some people who need or want the extra assurance of having power even during an outage. If you have a generator, or are considering buying one, know the dos and don’ts of using it before you need it.

  • DO make sure your generator at least 10 feet from any combustible surface at all times.
  • DO make sure to connect lights and appliances directly to the generator or a heavy duty outdoor-rated extension cord. Make sure the entire extension cord is free of cuts or tears and the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin.
  • DON’T plug the generator into a wall outlet. This practice, known as backfeeding, can cause an electrocution risk to utility workers and others served by the same utility transformer.
  • DON’T handle your generator with wet hands.

Know generator safety practices before use to protect you and your family from hazardous situations.

Honda offers even more safety tips for using generators.