Hurricane-Ready: Generator safety

Hurricane-Ready: Generator safety (Image 1)

Before buying a generator, consider the following:

  • What appliances will you run?
  • Do you need a portable or stationary generator?
  • Do you need multiple outlets or multiple types of outlets?


  • Never run a generator indoors OR in your garage. Find a well-ventilated area away from your home.
  • Do not connect your generator directly to your home's wiring. 
  • Always use heavy-duty, indoor/outdoor rated extension cords to connect to the generator.
  • Do not attempt to refuel your generator while it is running.
  • Turn off all appliances connected to the generator, then turn off the generator.
  • Let it cool before you attempt to refuel.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer's guidelines listed in your owner's manual for correct operating procedures and power output capabilities.
  • Don't try to run more appliances than your generator can handle.
  • Check the oil every time you add gas.
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator.
  • Save gas by alternating appliances. For example, refrigerators can be kept cool by supplying power eight hours a day.
  • Do not store fuel indoors.
  • Gasoline (and other flammable liquids) should be stored outside of living areas in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers. They should not be stored in a garage if a fuel-burning appliance is in the garage. The gasoline vapors can travel invisibly along the ground and easily be ignited. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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