When extreme weather conditions cause power outages, it can have a serious impact on the homes, businesses, and hospitals in the area that depend on electricity for communication, lighting, refrigeration, and other electrical equipment. Portable generators can provide temporary power until the electricity is restored. In some cases, this can be lifesaving, particularly if there is a power outage in a hospital or medical facility. However, power generators come with their own safety hazards if they are not used properly.
Avoiding Injury When Using a Generator
Prior to operating a portable generator, read through the operating manual so that you fully understand how the machine works. You can avoid injury by always following the manufacturer’s guidelines and keeping the following safety tips in mind:
- Before running the generator, read through the manufacturer’s operating instructions and do not skip and steps.
- Never use a generator in an enclosed space. Carbon dioxide produced by the engine can build up, causing potentially fatal fumes.
- When in use, keep the generator outdoors and a safe distance from windows, vents, and doors.
- Always use a battery-operated carbon-dioxide detector when you are running a generator. Make sure the batteries are fresh.
- Before refueling the generator, allow it to cool for a minimum of two minutes, since gasoline vapors are extremely flammable. Use fresh gasoline, or stabilize gas with a fuel stabilizer if you do not use the generator for 30 days.
- Make sure that you follow the maintenance schedule that is recommended by the manufacturer.
- If you must use an extension cord, make sure it is rated for generator use and that it is grounded. Uncoil the cods before use, as coiled cords can become very hot, making them a potential fire hazard.
- Power generators should never be plugged into a home outlet. If you must connect your generator to a plug in your home, contact an electrician who can install a Power Transfer Switch.
- Do not operate a generator in the rain or snow, or other conditions that could cause the generator to become wet. Generators produce powerful voltage that can cause serious injuries.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Victims of Generator Accidents
If you have been injured while installing or operating an electric generator due to a product defect or another’s negligence, contact the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC as soon as possible. Injuries caused by generators can include severe burns, suffocation from toxic fumes, and other serious, sometimes fatal injuries. We will work tireless on your behalf to secure the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your recovery. To schedule a confidential consultation, call our offices at 215-569-8488 or complete our online contact form. With offices in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Abington, Media, and Haddonfield, we proudly serve clients throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.