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Safety Tips on Using Honda Generators

An electric generator helps supply power if utility power is lost for an extended period of time. While a portable generator is rugged and dependable, its power can be significantly lower in voltage and frequency regulation than utility power. Honda generators are available in varying size and output power. The choice of buying the right type of generator depends upon a number of factors such as the wattage capacity, voltage ratings, fuel type, fuel efficiency, noise level, portability and price. Diesel generator is one of the emergency generators.

All diesel generators have become an essential household item for many families throughout the United States. In areas prone to hurricane, tornadoes and severe winters, small diesel generators provide life saving aypid. One only has to live through a power outage lasting several days in below freezing conditions to realize how difficult life would have been without one of these superb little machines.

Honda portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but they also can be hazardous. The primary hazards to avoid when using Honda generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, fire and burns.
Every year, people die in incidents related to portable generator use. Most of the incidents associated with portable generators reported to CPSC involve CO poisoning from generators used indoors or in partially-enclosed spaces.

Carbon Monoxide Hazards

When used in a confined space, generators can produce high levels of CO within minutes. When you use a portable Honda generator, remember that you cannot see or smell CO. Even if you do not smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO.

Follow these safety tips to protect against CO poisoning.

• Never use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.

• Follow the instructions that come with your generator. Locate the unit outdoors and far from doors, windows, and vents that could allow CO to come indoors.

• Install battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery back-up in your home, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. CO alarms should be certified to the requirements of the latest safety standards (UL 2034, IAS 6-96, or CSA 6.19.01). Test batteries monthly.

Some other important safety precautions:

1) Locate your generator in a well-ventilated area. Never run it inside, even in your garage. Gasoline-powered generators produce carbon monoxide, and the fumes can be deadly.

2) Plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy duty, properly grounded extension cords. Make sure that extension cords are not frayed or worn.

3) Do not connect your power generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel.

4) Limit the number of appliances you use to no more than the recommended wattage of the generator.

5) Read all instructions carefully and follow the manufacturer's recommendations.

6) Use the generator only when necessary, and don't overload it. Turn it off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home to avoid a possible fire hazard.

7) Use proper power cords to attach appliances to the generator. Use outdoor rated cords with a wire gage adequate for appliance overload.

8) To prevent electric shock, make sure the generator is properly grounded.

9) Never use a portable electric generator indoors or in an attached garage. Generators use an internal combustion engine that emits deadly carbon monoxide.

Run the generator in a well-ventilated, dry area away from intakes into the home and protected from rain; an ideal spot would be under a canopy or in an open shed.

10) Install carbon monoxide alarms inside your home as a protection against the gas emitted from generators.

11) Store generator fuel outside of living areas in a properly labeled, non-glass safety container. Vapor from gasoline can travel undetected and be ignited by pilot lighters or sparks.

12) Never refuel a generator while it is running; wait until it has cooled down. Guard against burns; generator engines are hot.

13) Before shutting a generator down, turn off all appliances that are connected to it.

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