If you’ve ever experienced a power outage, you know how inconvenient and potentially scary it can be living without electricity. You’re limited on what food you can buy and store, your kids get nervous being in the dark for so long, and if the power is still not on after a while, your cell phone keeping you in touch with other people will run out of battery. That’s why having a generator can help immensely during a power outage. But for your safety, that generator needs to be covered.
Why Your Generator Needs to Be Covered
Your portable generator is great for giving you power, but it doesn’t fare well in bad weather and your family won’t fare well with it indoors. Your generator needs to be:
- Covered from Bad Weather: Rain, snow, and other precipitation can seep into your generator and cause malfunction or electrocution.
- Away from Your Home: Many portable generators emit harmful carbon monoxide fumes. Even though it would be covered, you shouldn’t run your generator in an attached garage as the fumes can seep into your home. Instead, run the unit at least five feet from your house.
What You Can Cover Your Generator With:
- Professional Products: There are products on the market specifically made to protect your generator from the elements. The only catch is that these products can be expensive at times.
- Boat Canopy: Make sure the canopy is open on all four sides so the exhaust isn’t trapped.
- Tarp Hung from a Tree: Make sure the tarp is securely tied so it doesn’t fall onto your generator and risk a fire.