Friday, July 25, 2014

Can I Run My Portable Generator in the Rain?

Portable generators can be used for a number of reasons. You may use one for a tailgate party, or perhaps to run tools on a job site. But the most common reason people power up their portable generator is to soften the blow of a power outage.

Power outages often happen due to storms, whether it be a winter storm, a thunderstorm, a tornado, or a hurricane. One thing these storms tend to have in common is precipitation. Snow and rain may pose a challenge when you're trying to power your home with a generator, but it doesn't mean you can't do it.

Something worth noting is that the power a portable generator creates can be dangerous if you're not careful. Operating your generator in the rain may increase your likelihood of electrocution, and you probably don't want your generator getting stormed on anyways.

While portable generators are usually designed to withstand the beatings of a strong storm, it's always in your better interest to shield it from the elements. One thing you definitely do not want to do is run your generator in your garage, shed, or home. Doing so is deadly, even with the garage door open for ventilation. The CO fumes will build up and seep into your home. Always, always, always run your generator outdoors more than 15 feet from any windows or doors.

"So how can I shelter my generator if I have to keep it 15 feet from my house?"

There's an innovative product on the market called a GenTent that will actually attach to the frame of your generator. They shelter the electrical components and gas tank, but have easy access that will allow you to operate and refuel your generator without compromising the unit or your safety.

This is the best way to protect your generator and yourself without compromising your family's safety.

GenTents are a must-have for storm-related power outages. Plus, they keep your generator clean while it's in storage. The best part is that unlike a makeshift shelter, this one moves with the generator. Since it's attached and doesn't touch the ground, you can move the generator without restriction and without having to remove the GenTent.