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Fall into Power: A Guide to Generator Maintenance For Winter Preparedness

Fall is the time to prepare for winter weather in New England, especially when using standby and portable generators. It’s essential to ensure you and your family stay safe and comfortable during power outages.

Fall Maintenance Tips

Here are a few tips to help you get ready:
  • Generator Inspection and Maintenance:
      • Before winter arrives, thoroughly inspect your generator for any signs of damage or wear.
      • Schedule your annual maintenance appointment. We will change the oil, air filter, and spark plugs according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and ensure the generator is in good working condition.
  • Fuel Supply:
      • Stock up on an adequate supply of fuel, such as gasoline or propane, depending on your generator type.
      • If your generator requires gasoline, store fuel in proper containers and keep it in a safe, dry, and well-ventilated area.
      • If your generator requires propane, you will need to contact your propane supplier and request a delivery to ensure your fuel supply is at 100%  
  • Portable Generators:
      • Portable generators should be placed in a well-ventilated area, away from windows and doors.
      • Use extension cords and transfer switches with portable generators to avoid backfeeding and electrical hazards.
      • Never operate a generator indoors or in enclosed spaces, as this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Regular Testing:
      • Test your generator regularly to ensure it starts and operates correctly.
      • Perform these tests outside of severe weather conditions to avoid any issues during an actual power outage.
  • Emergency Kit:
      • Create a winter weather emergency kit that includes essential supplies like flashlights, batteries, warm clothing, blankets, non-perishable food, and a battery-operated radio.
  • Remove Debris:
    • Fallen leaves and grass clippings lead to clogged generator vents. Keep the area around your generator clean and be sure to pull any debris that may have made its way to the vents. 
    • Clogged vents can cause your generator to overheat and not only fail to provide power when you need it most, but trap carbon dioxide in your home. 
Carbon Monoxide Safety:
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, particularly in areas near the generator and sleeping areas.
  • This is the time of year to check your carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure they are working properly. 
  • Stay Informed:
      • Keep an eye on weather forecasts and be prepared to start your generator when needed.
      • Know the contact information for local utility companies and emergency services in case of any issues.
  • Contact us: 
  • Should an emergency arise and your generator is not properly working. Call us for Emergency Service: 1-800-972-4264
Remember that safety should always be your top priority when using generators during winter weather. Following these tips will help ensure you have a reliable power source and a safe environment for your family during harsh New England winters.  Schedule your Maintenance Appointment Today!