During the summer months, it’s easy to take for granted that every day might be above 85 degrees and sunny. However, if you live in an area besieged by tropical storms, there is a very different reason for keeping your eye on the weather.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this year’s tropical storm season is predicted to be comparable to 2005 – a year that saw 28 storms, including the devastating Hurricane Katrina.

Knowing about the potential for these storms is half the battle – the other is preparing your home for them. This is why many homeowners invest in a generator – sometimes more than one!

As a homeowner in a hurricane-prone area, having a generator can be a lifeline during severe weather. If you've recently purchased a generator and are using it for the first time, it's essential to understand how to operate it safely and efficiently.

Now is the time to make sure your generator is prepared before the bad weather hits. Read on to find out what you need to know. And be sure to click on our other articles for helpful information on generators.  

Understanding Your Generator

Before a storm approaches, familiarize yourself with your generator's manual. Know the type of generator you have, its power capacity, and the appliances it can support. Remember, Mister Sparky is here to provide expert guidance and support if you have any questions.

Read: What Kind of Generator Should I Purchase?

Installation and Placement

Generators should be installed by a professional to ensure safety and compliance with local codes. Place your generator outside, away from windows and doors, to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Ensure that it's on a stable, flat surface to avoid tipping over during use.

Read: Do I Need a Professional Electrician to Install a Generator?

Fueling and Operation

Store fuel in a safe location and use the type recommended by the manufacturer. When operating the generator, start it before plugging in your appliances, and prioritize your energy needs, focusing on essentials like refrigeration and lighting.

First-Time Users

If you are a first-time generator user, take the time to read the manual thoroughly and understand the specifics of your model. It's advisable to perform a test run before an actual emergency occurs to ensure you know how to operate it properly. Be aware of the power requirements of the devices you intend to connect, and never exceed the generator's rated capacity.

Maintenance and Safety Tips

Regular maintenance is crucial for the longevity and safety of your generator. Check oil levels, air filters, and connections regularly. During operation, never touch the generator with wet hands, and keep children and pets away from the unit. For peace of mind, always reach out to a professional!

Post-Storm Procedures

After the storm has passed, turn off and unplug the generator before refueling. Inspect it for any damage and report any issues to a qualified electrician. Store your generator in a dry, safe place until it's needed again.

Read: Repairing Your Electrical System After a Flood

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your generator is a reliable source of power during hurricane season. Remember, your safety is our top priority at Mister Sparky, and we're here to help you every step of the way.

For further information on generator safety and maintenance, contact the professionals at Mister Sparky. We’re always here when you need us, 24/7.  Stay prepared and stay safe.