Portable Standby Generators

Portable standby generators, when used properly, can provide an alternative energy source until conventional power is restored. The Electrical Safety Authority, which regulates the safe use of electrical equipment in Ontario, cautions consumers contemplating the purchase of a portable standby generator to do some homework first - for safety's sake!

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The Power of Portable Generators

Portable standby generators are fuel driven devices designed to produce electrical energy. These devices are used to power electrical equipment and appliances and are not intended to meet all the electrical requirements of a home or business. Portable standby generators should not be directly connected into a home wiring system without safety precautions being taken.

Careful purchase decisions, proper installation and diligent inspection are essential to make the portable generator safe for owners, their families, neighbours and others.

If You are Considering a Generator

A Safety Check List

More Important Safety Information from the Electrical Safety Authority

Portable generators can provide security and comfort during power outages. However, they can create electrical shock and fire hazards if connected or used incorrectly. In addition, you should never operate a generator inside your home or garage. Generators produce carbon monoxide, and if used indoors will cause a build-up of fatal fumes – fans or open windows and doors won’t provide enough fresh air to keep you and your family safe. Follow these tips to ensure you’re using your generator safely: