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Portable Generator Safety

Safety Tips

  • Call Ameren Illinois or Ameren Missouri if you plan to install back-up generation.
  • Carefully read and 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 cannot 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.
  • Ensure that the total electric load on your generator will not exceed the manufacturer's rating.
  • Never use a portable generator indoors. 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 fuel.
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