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Where to Put Generator During a Storm? – 6 Best Ideas!

Where to Put Generator During a Storm
Written by Jamie Masterson

During a storm, the best thing you can do is to protect your generator or move it to an undercover, dry space. Generators in enclosed spaces pose a severe fire and health threat.

You should turn off your generator when there is a storm or consider a special generator cover that lets adequate air flow through.

Where to Put Generator During a Storm?

Keep inside steel enclosures

Installing these products is more complex and may require the help of a professional, not to mention they are more expensive. A cement pad might be necessary for installing the enclosure. This product is fine when you’re at home, but it’s not ideal for moving.

Keep inside steel enclosures

Use standard manufacturer covers

If your generator doesn’t come with a cover, you can contact the manufacturer and purchase one separately. The store you brought the generator from may sell them individually as well.

Purchase a special cover

There are a variety of options available. It is like a canopy that goes over the generators and is weatherproof. It attaches to the generator so it can’t blow away. You can customize them for your specific generator, and they’re easy to use.

Get a pop-up canopy

Get a pop-up canopy

A tent canopy protects and waterproofs all areas of your generator. User-friendly and easy to set up, pop-up generator tents are perfect for those who need to transport their generators. Your generator will not overheat while running due to this tent’s excellent ventilation

Plastic shed

Plastic shed

A semi-permanent enclosure such as this is cheaper than a steel enclosure.

There is usually a floor bottom so there is no need to pour a slab. Your generator will be weatherproofed, but the shed may not survive large storms.

A plastic shed must also be able to withstand the heat that a generator emits.

Build a generator enclosure yourself

You can also craft DIY an enclosure for your generator at your home if you are comfortable with that. If you have a bit of experience, you’ll be able to create a workable enclosure with a few plywoods, aluminum sheets, and some tools.

For those who are interested, here’s a video providing a tutorial on how you can build a generator enclosure step-by-step:

 Step 1: Gather tools

  • Sketching paper and pencil
  • Saw
  • Plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Screws
  • Sheet of aluminum

Step 2: Design your enclosure

Draw a sketch of your generator. It will determine how large and how long it will be. You will be able to determine what materials you will need and whether you have forgotten anything.

Check to see your cover offers protection against rain and has plenty of ventilation at the same time.

Step 3: Top panel

Using a saw, cut out a top panel for the cover from the plywood. This will ensure that all dimensions line up.

Now measure the cut the bars to the correct length and attach the bars with screws.

Step 4: Side and front

We’ll begin at the front side, the air intake panel. Once you know what size the front side must be, measure the sizes of the side panels, then cut out the three pieces of plywood.

Mark out the vent shapes on the side panels, then cut out using your jigsaw. Install these louvered vents to the sides using 12-inch screws.

Step 5: Building the back panel

Create a recess for the exhaust at the back of the generator by cutting out the plywood back panel.

Step 6: Fix the sheets

A sheet of aluminum can now be screwed to the back panel, thereby providing cover for the generator.

Tips for Using a Generator During a Storm

Install carbon monoxide alarms

Install a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector in areas where you are running a generator. This will notify you if carbon monoxide is found.

Keep the generator dry

Generators should never be used in areas prone to flooding or pools of water. When setting up a generator, this detail is often overlooked. Therefore, you should avoid placing it in a downhill area.

Avoid fuel clogging

While refueling, you should always shut off the fuel valve. The generator should always be kept running till it stalls. By doing so, the carburetor and fuel injectors will not be clogged with fuel.

Keep extra gasoline on hand whenever possible

Stock up on extra gasoline if possible. Gasoline should not be stored inside the home or near flames or heat sources.

Plug equipment directly into the generator

Plug equipment directly into the generator

Directly connect appliances to the generator, or attach a heavy-duty, outdoor extension cord whose wattage or amp rating is at least equal to the total load of the connected appliances.

Shut the unit off when refueling

Before refueling your generator, turn it off for a few minutes so it can cool down. If fuel gets on any warm generator parts, an explosion may occur.

Inspect and maintain your generator regularly

For peak performance and safety, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule.

Never refuel while the unit is hot

A fire may result if gasoline is accidentally spilled on a hot engine.

Use an extension cord that can withstand heavy use

Use an extension cord that can withstand heavy use

Choose the right extension cord for the job. When using extension cords to connect appliances to a generator, make sure those cords are heavy-duty and intended for outdoor use.

Don’t place the unit closer than 20 feet to your house

Place the generator at least 20 feet away from your home and make sure the exhaust points away from your home and windows.

Read the instruction manual

Your generator’s manual should contain instructions. The majority of it is minute details you won’t need to know, but there is usually some useful info included, such as whether or not your generator needs to be earthed.

FAQs

Q. Are generators capable of exploding?

An explosion is possible with generators. It isn’t common for generators to explode, but it can occur when the fuel tank overheats and ignites, when fuel contacts hot parts, or when there is a short circuit that causes a fire. The majority of these issues can be prevented with proper generator maintenance and storage.

Q. Should I run the generator for a long period before stopping it?

You can’t really run a gasoline generator continuously after the standard runtime. In most cases, gas generators will last between 6 and 12 hours, depending on their size, brand, and the amount of power they are drawing.

About the author

Jamie Masterson

With decade-long experience as a generator technician, Jamie has worked with USA’s top generator manufacturers and suppliers as an independent contractor.

The long years of service to the industry has taught Jamie the ins and outs of troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining all kinds of generators in home, industrial and outdoor settings.

Jamie thinks this platform is a great opportunity to share his tips and tricks with you so you can make the most of such power equipment for better living.

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