Generator Safety

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Electric generators can keep your lights and appliances running during power outages — but they also pose serious safety hazards if operated incorrectly. To ensure the safety of your family, neighbors and Jackson EMC employees, follow these guidelines:

  • Don't overload your generator. It should only be used in emergencies when necessary, and only to power essential equipment.
  • Avoid connecting a generator directly to your home's circuits or wiring. This must be done by a qualified, licensed electrician who will install a transfer switch that will keep the generator from feeding power back into Jackson EMC's lines. Otherwise the power crews working to restore your electric service could be put at risk. If your generator is still hooked up when the power is restored, your generator and your household electrical system may be damaged.
  • Avoid using extension cords with exposed wires or worn shielding. Overloaded cords can cause fires or equipment damage so use heavy-duty extension cords from the generator.
  • Only run an electric generator outside a building. Always insure proper ventilation and airflow around a generator.
  • Don’t add fuel to a generator while it's running and avoid spilling fuel on hot components. Extinguish all flames or cigarettes when handling gasoline. Always have a fully charged, approved fire extinguisher handy near your generator. Many generator parts are hot enough to burn you during operation.
  • Keep children away from generators at all times.
  • Follow the safety, maintenance and testing instructions in the generator's operating manual.