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Spring in Indiana means lots of rain, and if you’re currently using a portable generator you will want to make sure you take the proper precautions to protect it. Here are some tips for keeping your generator nice and dry during those spring storms.

Did you know 38 percent of power outages are cause by lightning, wind, rain, snow and ice? Standby Power Generators can help maintain your comfort and a relatively normal life during power outages by supplying a totally automatic backup power source to your home. When the power from your utility company goes out, the standby power generator automatically turns on, whether you’re home or not, and shuts off when power is restored.

First, we strongly recommend you have a licensed electrician come and install your home generators to ensure they meet all electrical codes. Make sure your generator is properly grounded in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Never, ever operate a generator inside your home or in any other enclosed, even partially enclosed, area! Generators produce carbon monoxide very quickly, which can easily enter your home.

We recommend placing your generator on a dry surface under an open, canopy-like structure. You will need to place your generator in an area that is well ventilated. Your garage is not a sufficient place to store your generator. Opening windows, doors and using fans will not provide adequate ventilation. Keep your generator outside at a safe distance from your home’s windows, doors and vents. That way you can be sure no carbon monoxide will enter your home. You also need to consider how close your neighbor’s homes are to yours. You don’t want the generator too close to their homes either.

If you have a backup generator you will want to make sure it is properly protected. Rain, wind and lightning can all cause power outages during the springtime and if your generator isn’t protected, you’ll be without power for an extended period of time. Avoid this discomfort and make sure your generator is prepared for spring storms. For more information please call us at ​317-643-6286 or visit our website today.

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