Buying a generator for the first time often comes with a pleasant feeling. At least, considering that the generator left a dent in your pocket, you are likely to feel eager to power and test run your newest acquisition. However, there are certain do’s and don’t’s of generator use especially during the first time of use. The do’s are actions that help to power the generator properly and maintain it in good condition while the don’ts are actions that can jeopardize the efficiency and effectiveness of the product.
- Adhere to the users guide: It is important to adhere to the user’s manual contained in the generator pack. Even if you are familiar with other generators, do not be tempted to use same knowledge in operating the new generator without recourse to the users manual. Technology is dynamic and the innovation behind the previous generator you are familiar with may be quite different from the new one.
- Identify the generator’s capacity and do not overload it: Firstly, even before embarking on the purchase of a generator, it is important to estimate the power requirements of the gadgets and appliances in the home and therefore go for a generator that can power most or all of those appliances. In the event that the generator cannot power every appliance, then it is recommended that come of them be switched off so as not to damage the generator.
- Do not refuel the generator when it is currently working: Regardless of the fueling type of the generator whether it is gasoline or natural gas-based, it should not be refueled when it is currently switched on. Ensure to switch it off first before refueling to avoid a spark or fire outbreak. In fact don’t just switch off the generator before refueling, make sure it cools off before fueling it.
- Do not use the generator in a wet or humid environment: A generator is a channel of electricity production and distribution; hence it is quite dangerous to use it where there is a wet atmosphere; the reason is to avoid the risk of electrocution.
- Do not plug the generator directly to a socket: This is risky and dangerous as it could bring you in direct contact with voltage emanating from the generator.
It is important to follow these instructions as they also double as safety precautions both for the generator owner and the generator.