Tip of the week…
The smart way to run a generator
Set it on level ground. A generator’s lubrication system can’t oil all moving parts if the unit sits on a slope. To avoid catastrophic engine failure, find or make level ground.
Keep it at a distance. People die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year running generators too close to their homes or in attached garages. Place yours at a distance—just don’t exceed a 100-foot run on any extension cord or you may damage the appliance it powers. And never “backfeed” power to the house. That, too, can be deadly.
Refuel with care. Gasoline spilled on a hot generator can ignite, so let the unit cool for 15 minutes before refueling. Add fuel stabilizer to the gas to minimize fuel breakdown, but never depend on gas that has sat in the tank for months.
Stock extra oil and filters. Most new generators need a first oil change after 25 hours, plus additional changes every 50 to 60 hours.