Friday, May 10, 2013

4 Tips for the Safe Use of Portable Generators to Power Open Air Events

As summer approaches, the uses for portable generators increase as families head out for camping trips, throw outdoor birthday parties, and host other open-air events. Here are 4 tips that will make sure you get all the power you need in the safest manner possible:
  •  Fill the tank – Topping up the fuel tank prior to use can reduce the chances that you’ll need to re-fuel during an event. The problem with re-fueling is that the generator should be allowed to cool down before fuel is added to the tank to prevent ignition caused when the fuel comes in contact with a sizzling-hot surface.
  • Keep the portable generator down-wind from the event – An outdoor venue should provide plenty of ventilation but locating the generator down-wind from the gathering can ensure that people aren't exposed to emissions.
  • If rain is in the forecast put up a shelter to keep the generator dry – Operating a generator in wet conditions always adds a level of danger so protect it with a shelter or canopy and make sure that extensions cords are not exposed to water. 
  • Keep children away – Generators are fascinating machines, especially for small children. Make sure that your portable generator is out of reach or that a parent is positioned to keep children from getting too close.
Being out in the open-air is one of the treats of summer. These tips can help to make sure that your open-air events are powered efficiently and safely.

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