Common Generator Misconceptions And The Realities Behind It



Common beliefs, hearsays, and unverified opinions must have no bearing especially when it comes to safety. Hence, even on using your generators, safety measure must also be taken care of. A lot of myths have spread out regarding the correct usage of generators. However, some of these are actually harmful and may even risk the lives of some.

So, here are some of these myths and the respective facts that will debunk each one for good.

Myth #1: Running portable generators indoors is safe.

This is definitely hoax. Portable generators are not safe to run indoors. It produces significant amounts of carbon monoxide as these operate. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is really harmful if inhaled in high doses. Some of the effects of this toxic gas are headache, dizziness, vomiting and nausea. Never consider running a portable generator inside your home in order to protect you and your family from the hazards of inhaling the toxic gas it emits.

Myth #2: Plugging your generator in an electrical outlet is fine.

This is called Backfeeding and it is the process of connecting a generator directly to a certain power outlet, especially indoors. In addition, this is very harmful as well. When backfeeding is done, the electricity flows into the home’s main electrical panel and is distributed throughout the house. This can also send high voltages out of your home and into utility lines that can expose the present electrical personnel to fatal shocks. Be advised that you will be held responsible in case this incident happens because backfeeding is dangerous and illegal.

Myth #3: You don’t need a professional to install your standby generator.

One of the most common mistakes of some people is relying on their own self even if they know that a certain task or matter needs an expert’s intervention. Installing generators is not a DIY (Do-it-yourself) matter, hence, you will need a professional to do it for you especially if you don’t have any background in doing this. Remember that standby generators are permanent alternative to portable devices and are connected to your home’s gas line and breaker box.  A single mistake can put your home and your family in danger, hence, only rely on the expertise of professionals who are trained to install and fix generators.


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