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How to Use a Portable Power Generator Safely

by Admin on 06/26/18

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, portable power generators are internal combustion engines employed in generating electricity. They are essentially backup power systems that provide power where and when you need it. There are different types of portable power generators, and there are certain hazards associated with them, but you can safely operate one by following specific precautionary measures.


Uses of a Portable Power Generators

These power systems are versatile and can offer a number of benefits:


  • Backup for blackouts caused by small-scale power failures

  • Power source for essential equipment during disaster and emergencies

  • Run electrical equipment on a farm that feeds livestock and light farms

  • Off the grid construction site usage

  • Power outdoor events that lack a power source

  • Camping in a location where there is no power source


Types of Portable Power Generators

Portable gas generators are ideal for providing power at a campsite or a tailgate party, or use as a backup power supply during a power outage. Power is limited based on the volume of fuel you have readily available.


Electric start generators feature a push button, and maintenance is necessary to keeping the battery charged. They can be used as back-up power for agricultural machinery, electricity for recreational activities and power and heat in your home during an emergency.


Inverter generators are used to convert DC to AC power, and they emit a higher quality output when compared to other portable generators. These are great for tailgating and camping, being less noisy and lightweight.

Safety Measures

There are a number of precautions that you should take to avoid hazards associated with portable power generators.

  • To reduce shock and electrocution hazards, never attach a generator directly to a building’s electrical system without an appropriately installed transfer switch. Also keep the generator dry and ensure that it is properly grounded, using the manufacturer’s supplied cords, ensuring they are not damaged in any way.  

  • To protect against carbon monoxide poisoning, never use a generator indoors, and provide proper ventilation of 3 to 4 feet of clear space on all sides and above the generator.

  • To prevent fire hazards, store and transport generator fuels in approved, properly designed, marked and vented containers, while keeping containers away from flame producing agents.

  • Place generator some distance from work areas and gathering spaces, and wear hearing protection to prevent noise and vibration hazards, like hearing loss and fatigue.


Portable power generators are useful devices that can provide power in desperate times or be a convenient power source. While there are certain hazards associated with its use, safety measures should be exercised to prevent shock and electrocution hazards, carbon monoxide poisoning, fire hazards and noise and vibration hazards.


If you’re looking to rent a portable power generator in Southern New Hampshire, don’t hesitate to reach out to our construction pros at Tri-Rent-All. We can assist you with your choice of a power generator, based on your needs and project specifics. Call today at 603-926-2211 to reach our Hampton location or 603-431-1109 to connect to Portsmouth store!


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