Homeland Security and Emergency Services

When Operating a Generatorfuse box

Keep these key points in mind when operating an emergency generator:

  • Keep children away from generators at all times.

  • Operate outdoors in a clean, dry area.

  • Generator must be grounded properly.

  • After losing power, turn off main breaker or pull main fuse block.

  • Generators that are directly connected to existing wiring systems must use double-pole, double-throw (DPDT) transfer switch.

  • All electrical connections must comply with New York State Fire and Building Codes.

  • Do not overload generator with too many appliances.

  • Use properly sized extension cords in good condition.

  • Be aware that you may be liable for damage or injury to people and property resulting from an improperly installed or operated emergency generator.