January 27, 2021

If you’re protecting your home with a standby emergency generator, then it’s safe to say that protecting your family is definitely something you prioritize. And the more you know about running your generator safely the safer everyone can be!

With that in mind, here are some tips to make sure your generator is ready when you need it to be - whether that’s in the middle of a frigid winter or a sweltering hot summer:

  • Schedule Annual Inspections: Call North Shore Fuel and ask about having our expert technicians check up on your standby generator and venting systems annually.

  • Know Your Generator: Read your user manual and follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions.

  • Know Your Home: Know the location of your circuit breakers or fuses. Also, be aware of the layout of your gas lines, especially if you’re doing any type of landscaping or renovations.

  • Protect Your Appliances: Certain voltage-sensitive electronic devices (T.V.s and computers, for example) should not be powered by an emergency generator unless protected with a UL-listed surge protector.

  • Beware of Propane Leaks: Propane leaks can smell like rotten eggs. If you have a propane-fueled generator, make sure your family is aware of and can recognize the distinct smell. If you smell a leak, leave the house and contact your local fire department immediately. As you leave your house, do not touch any electrical outlets or light switches.

  • Consider a Propane Detector: In some instances, you may not smell a propane leak. Consider installing propane gas detectors. These life-saving monitors are available at your local hardware store and give your family an additional layer of security. Propane detectors are especially important if there are areas in your home where the smell of propane might not be easily detected.

  • Know CO: Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and toxic gas. Its dangers have been well documented. We recommend installing CO detectors on each level of your home. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation, location and maintenance. These devices will alert you and your family members if the CO in your home reaches dangerous levels.

Remember, we’re looking out for you and your family, too! If you have any questions about any of the equipment installed and maintained by North Shore Fuel, give us a call or contact us online today!