Portable generators can help you weather the storm in comfort, but can
present severe safety risks including fire, electrical shock or carbon
monoxide poisoning if used or connected incorrectly.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's Electrical Safety
Authority (ESA) is reminding Ontarians to exercise caution and follow
safety rules when using portable generators to cope with extended power
outages due to the recent ice storm.
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:
Never use a generator indoors; use it in a dry area outdoors and away
from open doors, windows and vents.
Check the generator and all component parts to ensure that they have
been approved by a recognized certification agency. Approved marks can
be found at www.esasafe.com/electricalproducts/marks.
Portable generators that are permanently installed into your electrical
wiring must have a transfer device to protect your home and the utility
system by preventing generator power from flowing back into the utility
system. You must take out an electrical permit to permanently connect a
generator to your home's electrical system. ESA strongly recommends
hiring a Licensed Electrical Contractor (LEC) to ensure your generator
is installed correctly. You can find an LEC near you using the ESA's
contractor lookup tool at www.esasafe.com.
Never connect portable generators to electrical appliances or wiring
components that have been affected by flood water.
If you have to use extension cords, make sure they are the grounded type
with three prongs and rated for how you're planning to use them. Coiled
cords can get extremely hot; always uncoil cords and lay them flat.
Gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable. Allow the generator
engine to cool at least 2 minutes before refueling and always use fresh
For more information on electrical safety when stormy weather hits,
About the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is an administrative authority
acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario with specific
responsibilities under the Electricity Act and the Safety and Consumer
Statutes Administration Act. As part of its mandate, ESA is
responsible for administering regulation in four key areas: the Ontario
Electrical Safety Code; licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master
Electricians; electrical distribution safety; and electrical product
SOURCE: Electrical Safety Authority
For further information:
Electrical Safety Authority
905-712-7819 or Media.ESA@electricalsafety.on.ca