warning portable generators

warning portable generators
WARNING
PORTABLE GENERATORS
Any piece of equipment can be dangerous if not operated properly. YOU are responsible for the safe operation
of this equipment. The operator must carefully read and follow any warnings, safety signs and instructions
provided with or located on the equipment. Do not remove, defeat, deface or render inoperable any of the
safety devices or warnings on this equipment. If any safety devices or warnings have been removed, defeated,
defaced or rendered inoperable, DO NOT USE THIS EQUIPMENT!!!
BACK FEED FROM THE GENERATOR INTO THE PUBLIC POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO UTILITY WORKERS!
Improper connection of generator to a building’s electrical system can allow electrical current from the
generator to back feed into utility lines. This may result in electrocution of utility workers, fire, or explosion.
Connections to a building’s electrical system must be made by a qualified electrician and comply with all
applicable laws and electrical codes. If connected to a building’s electrical system the generator must meet the
power, voltage, and frequency requirements of the equipment in the building. Differences in power, voltage,
and frequency requirements may exist and improper connection may lead to equipment damage, fire, and
personal injury or death.
WARNING! This product contains or produces one or more chemicals known to the State of California
to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Generator Grounding
To guard against electrical shock and possible damage to the equipment, it is important to provide a good
EARTH ground. Always use the ground terminal on the generator to ground the generator. Use one of the
following wire types to connect the generator to earth ground.
a. Copper - 10 AWG (5.3 mm2) or larger.
b. Aluminum - 8 AWG (8.4 mm2) or larger.
When grounding the generator connect the ground cable between the lock washer and the nut on the generator
and tighten the nut fully. Connect the other end of the ground cable to earth ground.
Questions or problems?
Contact A TOOL SHED Immediately. If you require further Instructions, the operators manual
is available upon request.
IMPORTANT SAFETY RULES TO FOLLOW
1. Never permit untrained people to operate the generating set.
2. Never operate the generating set, or handle any electrical equipment while standing in water, while barefoot,
while hands are wet or in the rain. Dangerous electrical shock can occur. Do not overload! Call A Tool Shed
if circuit breaker trips.
3. Maintain electrical cords in good condition. Worn, bare or frayed cords can cause electrical shock.
4. Provide adequate ventilation when operating the generator. Gasoline engines consume oxygen and give off
deadly carbon monoxide gas.
5. Never operate generator in an explosive atmosphere or near combustible equipment.
6. Be sure the generator is on a secure, level ground so it cannot slide or shift around.
7. Avoid touching the hot exhaust manifold, muffler or cylinder. Keep clear of all rotating parts.
8. Never add fuel while engine is hot or running. Do not smoke. Avoid spilling fuel.
9. Never alter any electrical plug to adapt to a particular purpose. Know electrical requirements of equipment.
10. It is your responsibility to ensure that all generators are grounded.
If the person receiving this handout will not be the user of the equipment, forward these instructions to the
operator. If there is any doubt as to the operation or safety of the equipment,
DO NOT USE!!! CALL A TOOL SHED IMMEDIATELY!!!
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH
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