Generator & Heater Safety

Generator & Heater Safety
Posted on 01/09/2020

Generator Safety

With the bitter cold temperatures and the unpredictable summer storms, more residents have bought or installed whole home generators for their heating, cooling and electrical needs. These generators are safe as long as you follow a few rules along the way.

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines when using generators.
  • Use a generator or other fuel-powered machines outside the home. Carbon Monoxide (CO) fumes are odorless and can quickly overwhelm you indoors.
  • Use the appropriate sized and type power cords to carry the electric load. Overloaded cords can overheat and cause fires.
  • Never run cords under rugs or carpets where heat might build up or damage to a cord may go unnoticed.
  • Never connect generators to another power source such as power lines. The reverse flow of electricity or 'back feed' can electrocute an unsuspecting utility worker.
  • If whole home generator is installed, a permit will have to be issued from the Montgomery County Building Regulations or the City of Centerville Building Department and an electrical inspection from that jurisdiction is required.

Home Heating Safety

  • Use kerosene heaters and space heaters according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Alternative heaters need their space. Keep anything combustible at least three feet away.
  • Make sure your alternative heaters have 'tip switches.' These 'tip switches' are designed to automatically turn off the heater in the event they tip over.
  • Do not use the kitchen oven range to heat your home. In addition to being a fire hazard, it can be a source of toxic fumes.
  • Never refill a space heater while it is operating or still hot.
  • Refuel heaters only outdoors.
  • Make sure wood stoves are properly installed, and at least three feet away from combustible materials. Ensure they have the proper floor support and adequate ventilation.