Generator Usage and Safety

Having sufficient power for everything for your event can be critical to its success, but safety is also critically important. Primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, and fire. The following procedures should be followed when utilizing a generator for your event: 

  1. Generators must be in good working order, maintained and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  2. Generators should be filled with fuel prior to the event and refueling should be conducted during non-operating hours when possible. Gas powered generators should be cool to the touch prior to refueling to reduce the chance of a flash fire.
  3. If refueling must be done on site, metal safety cans, designed for flammable fuels must be used. Plastic gas cans are not permitted.
  4. Generators must be used in an open area and kept a minimum of 25 ft. away from openings of structures and air intakes of buildings due to the potential for a buildup of carbon monoxide.
  5. Generators must be kept a minimum of 20 ft. from any means of egress.
  6. Generators should be isolated and kept at least 20 ft. away from the public access/assembly areas for the event/attraction.
  7. If a grounding rod is required, utility locates must be completed ahead of time. 
  8. Power and extension cords must be 3-prong plug style, of proper size and in good condition.
  9. Cords must be kept out of paths of travel to reduce the chance of tripping.
  10. Damaged/improperly functioning equipment or cords must not be used.