Portable generators are a common sight on many construction projects as they are handy for providing electricity at job sites where electrical utilities are not available. Portable generators are used to power tools, machines, and lighting, and they can be moved around as needed. However, portable generators also pose a danger. The Tucker Paving team has decades of experience in the construction industry, and safety is our primary concern on every jobsite. Follow our tips for staying safe while using a portable generator.

Portable Generator Safety

Portable generators are a hazard for a number of reasons. First, they are generating electricity, which is a hazard category all on its own, but they also burn fuel to create electricity. This means that they produce exhaust that contains carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless, odorless gas that is very toxic.

Follow these tips to ensure that you are using a portable generator safely:

  1. Before using the portable generator, check it to ensure that it is free of damage and the fuel lines are not loose.
  2. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for operation.
  3. Do not get the generator wet.
  4. Only operate a portable generator outdoors where the carbon monoxide exhaust can disperse; never operate a portable generator indoors or in enclosed spaces where the exhaust can collect.
  5. Do not place portable generators near windows, doors, other openings that lead to enclosed spaces, or ventilation shafts; the exhaust could travel through the opening and build up in the enclosed space.
  6. A portable generator should have three to four feet of clearance all the way around it so that the exhaust can vent safely.
  7. Watch for signs of carbon monoxide poisoning such as dizziness, headaches, nausea/vomiting, tiredness, confusion, and unconsciousness. Get anyone exhibiting symptoms to fresh air and call medical professionals.
  8. Do not re-enter any space that you suspect contains CO gas until it has been cleared by a person trained and equipped to do so.

We have almost 30 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry, and safety is always our first priority! We complete projects for residential, commercial, and municipal clients. Contact us by calling (863) 299-2262, oruse our contact form online. How can we help you with your next concrete or asphalt paving project?