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Portable Generators

If you buy a portable generator for your home, follow these safety guidelines:

  • Locate your generator in a well-ventilated area. Never run it inside, even in your garage. Gasoline-powered generators produce carbon monoxide, and the fumes can be deadly.
  • Do not connect the portable generator to any house wiring.
  • Never connect a portable electric generator or a motor home/RV generator directly to your home's electrical system during a power outage. Electricity could backfeed into the power lines and endanger CenterPoint Energy workers.
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy duty, properly grounded extension cords. Make sure that extension cords are not frayed or worn.
  • Limit the number of appliances you use to no more than the recommended wattage of the generator.
  • Read all instructions carefully and follow all manufacturer's guidelines for portable generator operations and grounding.
  • Use the generator only when necessary, and don't overload it. Turn it off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home to avoid a possible fire hazard.

If you have any doubts about how to properly use a portable electric generator, contact the manufacturer or a licensed electrician for assistance.

Also see Standby Generators.

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