6 Precautions to Take When Refueling Your Emergency Generator

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An emergency generator can reduce your loss and speed the recovery process in times of power outages. However, it’s important to that you operate and maintain your appliance appropriately.

Here are some precautions to take when refueling or working around generator fuel tanks.

Shut down your generator and let it cool

Gasoline and gasoline vapors are highly flammable. You should therefore never refuel while the engine is running or hot. To prevent a fire, turn off the generator and allow it to cool for a minimum of two minutes. After the generator is cool, refuel with fresh fuel.

Use recommended fuel

You should always use the type of generator fuel recommended by the engine’s manufacturer. Read the manufacturer’s instructions and confirm with your supplier.

Store fuel appropriately

Legacy Heating & Air note that emergency generators in Indiana come with varying rates of fuel consumption at different power output levels. Ascertain your generator’s fuel needs and consider how much gasoline or diesel fuel you can safely hold and for how long.

Always store fuel in an approved container. Keep the container in a well-ventilated area and away from potential sources of moisture or heat. If you don’t plan to use the generator in a month, remember to stabilize the gasoline with fuel stabilizer.

Don’t smoke when refueling

You should never smoke or use an open flame when refueling or when near an open generator tank or fuel can.

Keep a fire extinguisher nearby

You should always keep a well-maintained fire extinguisher near your generator. Also, make sure you know how to use the fire extinguisher correctly.

Dispose of fuel containers appropriately

You should safely discard fuel containers to avoid pollution and avert fire hazards. Keep these containers away from heat and heavy traffic areas.

In an emergency, portable generators provide life-saving benefits when inconveniencing outages affect a home or business. However, emergency generators can be hazardous.

To avoid mishaps, make sure to read and follow the operating procedures specified by the manufacturer. Regarding refueling, it’s essential to take precautions to prevent fires and safeguard your safety and property.