Generator Safety

Your generator can be a lifesaver during a power outage, but it can also be extremely dangerous to you and our crews if installed or used improperly.

When using your generator, please keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Before you install a generator, please read our requirements and call 877-372-0391. Be aware that it’s against the law and a violation of electrical codes to connect a generator to your home’s electrical circuits without a generator transfer switch automatic-interrupt device. If a generator is online when electrical service is restored, it can become a fire hazard.
  • Know your generator. Read all the information and follow instructions regarding installation, safety, maintenance and testing. Improperly installed generators can “backfeed” electricity on our distribution power lines, putting line crews working to restore your electricity in serious danger.
  • Keep your generator well away from our power lines. Connect your appliances or other devices directly to the generator with appropriately sized cords. Generators wired directly to your home or building require a transfer, double-throw switch that can separate them from our system.
  • Never refuel your generator while it’s operating. Take caution while refueling to avoid spilling gasoline or other fuels on hot components.
  • Do not install your generator in a basement or any closed area. Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, invisible and poisonous gas. Provide adequate ventilation and air cooling to prevent the generator from overheating and toxic fumes from accumulating.
  • To learn more about generator safety, read the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s portable generator safety fact sheet.