Asked by: Iradi Laarss
asked in category: General Last Updated: 12th March, 2020

Can you run a generator in a garage with the door open?

Exhaust from the generator contains carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly! Always run the machine outdoors. To keep the unit out of the winter elements, it is acceptable to use a generator in an open space in a garage, but only if you leave the garage door completely open for ventilation.

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Similarly, can I put a generator on my porch?

Rule 1: Never Use a generator indoors. So don't do it. Ever. Porches are also off limits as are basements, obviously. Run an outdoor-rated extension cord from the machine to the appliances you want to power or use a generator cord to connect to a transfer switch like this one.

Likewise, where do you place a generator? Your standby generator should be installed outside on a flat, level surface that doesn't flood. Generator exhaust contains carbon monoxide, so installation should be at least five feet from any windows, doorways, or soffit vents.

Subsequently, one may also ask, is it OK to run a generator all night?

Yes, you can run a generator overnight, but there are a few problems that you will have to deal with. Like I mentioned at the beginning of the article, most generators can run about 8 hours before empty their fuel tank. This is enough gas for overnight.

Can you run a portable generator in the rain?

Running the generator too close to the home. Never run it in a garage, even if the doors are open. Instructions for a portable generator warn you not to run it in the rain. To protect it from moisture, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends operating it on a dry surface under an open, canopy-like structure.

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