Preparedness Information: Should You Buy a Generator?
Preparedness Information: Should you buy a generator?
If your situation demands an uninterrupted supply of power, you might want to consider purchasing a generator.
However, generators can introduce as many problems as they solve:
- The noise of generators can disrupt an entire neighborhood. Use only when necessary.
- Generators smell and create noxious fumes.
- They require fuel, which is difficult and dangerous to store. Storing large quantities of fuel could violate local safety ordinances.
- You'll need to run extension cords to the devices you want to power.
- Generator capacity must be taken into account and matched to demand. Surge (start-up) power for devices with motors - refrigerators, furnace blowers, washing machines and vacuum cleaners - must be accounted for.
- Be knowledgeable on all operation and maintenance procedures.
- Make sure that your generator installation meets local codes and ordinances.
- Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector.
- Generators are often expensive.