Generator Guidance and Advice

Equipment Safety


The information here should be considered general advice. Always read the manufacturers' instructions before using any electrical or mechanical equipment.

  • Use fresh petrol in your generator. If you do not plan to use your generator in 30 days, stabilise the petrol with fuel stabiliser.
  • Fuel and its vapours are extremely flammable; allow engine to cool at least 2 minutes before refuelling.
  • Maintain your generator according to the maintenance schedule for peak performance and safety.
  • Coiled cords can get HOT, always uncoil cords and lay them in flat open locations.
  • Always read and follow the operator's manual and all operating instructions.
  • Always run your generator outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
  • Use a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector when running your generator.
  • Do not operate the engine near combustible materials.
  • Place generator on level ground to operate.
  • When using extension cords, be sure they are grounded, and are a sufficient wire gauge for the application. Heavy duty outdoor rated cords will handle household appliance loads.
  • Never plug your generator directly into your house circuit.
  • If connecting a generator into your home electrical system, have a qualified electrician install an Emergency Manual Power Transfer System.

Generator usage tips


  • Determine what appliances you will be able to run with the wattage guide.
  • Perform a dry run of your generator to make sure you are familiar of how you will operate it during a power outage.
  • Keep a flashlight handy to find your way to your generator.
  • Keep your generator conveniently located.
  • If your generator is equipped with electric start, keep the battery charged.
  • Run your generator occasionally to keep the engine well lubricated.
  • Keep an adequate supply of fresh gasoline and extension cords. Use fuel stabiliser if you plan on extended storage.
  • Plug in appliances one at a time being careful not to overload the circuits.
  • Allow your generator to adequately cool-down before storing.
  • Use a storage cover to keep the generator free of dirt and debris.

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