SECO Energy portable generator

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

1. A qualified electrical contractor must perform the installation of an emergency generator, disconnect and transfer switchgear.


2. This is not a do-it-yourself job; do not attempt to install these devices to your electrical panel. It is extremely dangerous and can cause high voltages to be transmitted through the utility company’s wires.


3. Always check and follow State, Local, National Fire and Electric Codes.


4. Always properly disconnect from your metered electric utility service before starting your backup generator.


5. Never run an electric generator inside a building, especially in a building attached to a dwelling. It is a hazard and against all Fire / Safety codes.


6. Always store gasoline in approved containers, out of the reach of children, and never fuel the generator while it is running.


7. Extinguish all flames or cigarettes when handling gasoline.


8. Always ensure proper ventilation and airflow around the generator.


9. Always have a fully charged, approved fire extinguisher located near the generator.


10. When using extension cords, always check for exposed wires and frayed shielding. Replace if damaged.


11. Never remove or tamper with safety devices, they are there to protect you and your property.


12. Never attempt to repair an electric generator. Only a qualified service technician should perform repairs.


13. Many engine parts are very hot during operation. Severe burns may result if touched. Keep children away from generators at all times.


14. Never operate a generator in an enclosed compartment.