A portable generator can be extremely helpful during a power outage. You can use a generator to run lights, refrigerators, sump pumps, your furnace blower or other essential items until your power is back on. However, it is important to remember the following safety tips:

  • Stand in a dry place and have dry hands when operating a generator.
  • Carefully follow all manufacturers’ instructions for installation and operation.
  • Disconnect house circuits from DTE lines. Protect line crews working to restore your service. Pull or switch to “off” all main fuses or circuit breakers to avoid the back-feed of electricity into power lines.
  • Always operate generators outdoors to avoid the buildup of deadly carbon monoxide fumes.


Reference the graphic below for proper installation and safety tips when using a generator to power your home or appliances.