A Step-by-Step Guide for New Generator Users

Electricity is a must-have for powering modern life, and sometimes, you need electricity where none is available. The solution is to rent a portable gas generator. Generators are perfectly safe to operate as long as you follow some simple precautions.


The electrical capacity of generators varies from one model to the next. Check with the rental company for advice on choosing the right size of generator for your needs. Never try to overload a generator, as this can cause equipment malfunction. It can also inflict damage on the connected appliances.


Where you place the portable generator is a key consideration, as improper placement can place people at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators are never safe to use indoors. Never operate a generator inside a garage, basement, shed, tent, or any other enclosed or partially enclosed areas. Additionally, the generator should be placed far away from doors and windows. Standard smoke alarms cannot detect carbon monoxide gas. Any nearby building should be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors.


It’s absolutely essential that you never plug the generator into a wall outlet to power your home. This is dangerous and can be fatal. It’s known as backfeeding. The generator sends electricity out into the grid, which can electrocute your neighbors or utility workers. Instead, you can plug appliances directly into the generator. If you use an extension cord, select a heavy-duty extension cord labeled for exterior use. It must be capable of handling the amps you’ll require of it. Double-check all extension cords for signs of damage before using them.


You may need to refuel the generator at some point. If so, turn it off and wait for it to cool down. Then, add the gasoline. Store extra gas in approved containers, and keep them outside of living areas. A locked shed is ideal.

Call (650) 369-2992, and let a friendly associate at A-1 Equipment Rental Center help you find the right generator for your needs. We have multiple models of generators to choose from in Redwood City, CA, including quiet generators. Contractors and DIYers love our low rates!