Portable Generator Safety
- Notify us if you have plans to install back-up generation!
- Always follow the instructions for proper connection and use of a permanent or portable standby generator. You are required by law to ensure that no electricity from your standby power generator backfeeds into Ameren’s power lines during an outage.
- Proper installation of a generator is critical. Improper use can not only damage your equipment or electrical system, but also potentially result in injury or death to those who use them and to utility workers.
- Do not directly connect a portable generator with your electrical system. A direct connection could result in voltage on utility lines and presents a significant safety concern for utility workers and generator owners. Contact a qualified professional for connections of this type.
- Carefully read and follow all of the manufacturer's instructions before starting your generator.
- Ensure that the total electric load on your generator will not exceed the manufacturer's rating.
- Never use a portable generator indoors, including in your home, garage, basement, shed or partially-enclosed area - even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide exhaust from building up in the home. Place a portable generator outdoors in a dry area far away from doors, windows and vents.
- Exercise extreme caution when handling fuel for portable generators. Do not attempt to refuel your generator while it is running. Let the generator cool down before adding additional fuel; spilled gas on a hot manifold can ignite into flames.
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