Generator Safety

The following tips are meant to protect you and your family from improper generator installation and use that could potentially result in a carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution, damage to equipment or fatality. 

Safe installation
  • The Prince Edward Island Electrical Inspection Act requires that a licensed electrician install stand-by generators.
  • Contact a qualified electrician to connect your generator directly to your electrical system.
  • A wiring permit is required to do this work.
  • Electrical codes require that a stand-by generator connected to your household electrical system must be controlled by a transfer switch.
  • Never connect your generator to a wall socket or directly into your electrical system. This could cause injury or death to the general public and to utility workers working on your power lines. It can also cause severe damage to your generator once the power is back on.
Safe operation
  • Before you begin using your generator, read and follow the generator instructions.
  • Your generator emits deadly carbon monoxide fumes. Do not operate the generator indoors or within an enclosed space.
  • To stop generator exhaust fumes from entering your home through your windows, doors or fresh intake areas operate your generator in an outdoor, well-ventilated and dry place.
  • You may be electrocuted if you operate your generator in wet weather or under wet conditions.
  • Do not touch the generator if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Do not cover an operating generator.
  • Keep children away from generators at all times.
  • Only connect cords to your generator that are rated for outdoor use, are proper wire gauge size and appliance load, and are in good condition.
  • Refuel your generator only when your generator is turned off.

PDF: A Guide to Standby Generators