While running generators, or any electric equipment, safety is the number one concern.
When unfortunate events like natural disasters happen and the power goes out, that is a critical time you need the portable generator the most. For example, the power outage is due to a storm and everything is wet, this will create additional safety issues.
In today’s post, I will talk about taking proper safety measures to make sure that you and your loved ones, along with your property are safe during these trying times.
We are all aware that it is unsafe to use electrical generators in wet weather; when there is rain or snow.
But, that is the time I will need to use my generator the most, you will say.
Let’s look for solutions to this major concern.
I am sure that you will have read the safety manual that came with the generator. It will clearly state that it is unsafe to use any generator or electric equipment during wet conditions.
Why? Primarily for safety matters.
We use generators for electrical power. The combination of electrical output and wet weather is extremely dangerous – can lead to electrocution or explosion.
Your generator could be permanently damaged, or worst things can happen.
For example, if the outlets would get moistures, the result would be catastrophic.
Now, it is important to have a generator shelter which protect your generator from exposure to moisture, not only for safety reasons but also to keep it in proper working condition.
Options for Safe Use of Generator in Wet Conditions
Whether you like it or not, you will face the weather – it will snow and rain. But, it is in your best interest to look after your investment.
The good news is that there are options for safely using your portable or standby generator during stressfully wet times.
Generator covers and tents
GenTent Safety Canopies are good examples of a simple yet effective generator shelter to make sure your generator is safe during wet conditions. You can operate the machinery under the covers.
The GenTent Canopy will create a waterproof shelter and protect the sensitive areas of your inverter generator from getting wet.
The unique covering system will not interfere with the working and portability of the generator. You can put it up or take it down easily, and move it to your chosen locations.
Keeping in mind that since power generation creates a lot of heat, the GenTent is designed in a way to maintain airflow keeping the generator naturally cool.
Even during blizzard or hurricane conditions with high winds, the GenTent is a safe bet. It can handle winds up to 70 MPH.
The selling point of the GenTent is that it is reasonably priced, making it a great buy. Consider that being able to use the generator during wet conditions would be an invaluable asset.
- Safely run your portable generator outside in any wet weather - rain, snow, ice, sleet, and wind.
- Waterproof and sheds water away, protecting sensitive electrical areas, large door for easy refuel.
- Patented design maintains generator natural cooling air flow; keep generator portable.
- Universal welded waterproof cover size fits portable generators 3000-10000 watt.
- Simple 3 Step Install!
Steel Enclosures for generators
Steel enclosures are an alternative to portable covers.
They do provide excellent protection and the required safety, but they are more expensive and will mostly require professional installation.
In order to put it up, you may need a concrete platform depending on the condition of the soil and land where you are planning to install it.
An additional factor to consider along with the expense of the steel structure is the downside of the of not being able to carry it along – not portable at all.
The steel structure is fine to use at home but what if you want to take it with you to various locations? You definitely will be stuck without a safe way to power your portable generator whenever you are.
Another choice is to use similar structures made from retrofitted plastic. These casings tend to be a little cheaper than the steel one. But the main drawback is that if it overheats, there is a chance of a fire.
Build your own Generator Shelter – DIY
If you are the handy type, another option that you have is to build your own enclosure or cover to protect your portable generator.
You will find lots of useful videos on YouTube that walk you through building practical generator covers.
Here are some videos to get you going.
The following tutorial will give you an idea of how to make a “doghouse” style cover with a vent for your generator. The vent will prevent overheating.
Here is a video showing you how to make a portable tent using PVC pipes and tarp.
For your safety, it is a good idea to place the generator on a dry wooden platform during wet conditions, especially when using DIY covers.
In case of an emergency, when there is no time to make a permanent shed, try to rig up a quick cover-type canopy using canvas tarp.
Whatever kind of protection or cover you intend to make, always keep in mind that the sensitive parts of the generator needs to be protected from moisture.
Here are 4 tips to keep in mind when building your own – DIY – generator protection:
- Make sure that the sensitive areas, especially the outlets of the generator are 100% free of moisture.
- Make sure you maintain airflow to vent the generator. Otherwise, there is a chance of overheating.
- Make sure your cover can handle the elements – strong winds, snow, and rain.
- Make sure that your generator shelter is portable.
At the end of the day, you want to use the generator in any condition. You can achieve this without much difficulty by purchasing protection like the GenTent Safety Canopy or building your own generator shelter.
Either way, you can rest assured that the solution to protecting the investment is easy.
Taking the necessary steps to protect your portable generator during a storm will keep you safe and give you the required power when needed the most.
Have you used something like the GenTent Canopy, or have made a DIY project enclosure for your portable generator during inclement weather? How was the experience?
Please share your thoughts, experiences, and tips with us in the comments below.