Before purchasing or installing an electric generator, always think of your safety first and learn all you can about generators. To protect yourself, your family, your property and SECO’s employees read and follow the safety instructions contained in the generator operations manual. Improper use or installation of an electric generator can cause property damage, serious injury and even death.

Generator Safety Tips

Thinking about installing a generator before Hurricane Season?  Follow these important safety warnings:


1. A qualified electrical contractor must perform the installation of an emergency generator, disconnect and transfer switchgear. This is not a DIY job.


2. Only an electrician is qualified to connect a generator to an electrical panel. You could be electrocuted and also endanger our field employees.


3. Always follow local, state and national fire and electric codes. Permits are required. 


4. Once installed, always disconnect from your metered electric utility service before starting your backup generator.


5. Never run an electric generator inside a building – even in a garage. It is a hazard and violates safety codes.


6. Store gasoline and diesel in approved containers out of the reach of children. Never fuel the generator while it is running.


7. Extinguish all flames or cigarettes when handling fuel.


8. Ensure proper ventilation and airflow around the generator.


9. Stage a fully charged, approved fire extinguisher near the generator.


10. Use extension cords free of exposed wires and frayed shielding.


11. Never remove or tamper with a generator’s safety devices.


12. Do not attempt to repair a generator. A qualified technician should perform repairs and service as needed.


13. Generator engine parts are very hot during operation. Severe burns may result. Keep children away at all times.


Hurricane Season begins June 1.  Prepare today and be StormReady!