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You know about the benefits of using a generator during summer storms, but are you aware that you can also use one outside? Portable generators are perfect for charging your phone and other devices during camping trips. They also work well for picnics and parties when your guests need access to portable power. Check out the top generator tips we found for parties, picnics, and other events this summer.

Choose the Right Spot

Always choose the right location for the generator before you start using it. Choose a level, flat spot. If the generator leans to one side, it can run inefficiently and break down. We usually recommend placing it on a stable surface like a patio or concrete pad.

If you don’t have access to this type of surface, you may want to flatten the ground slightly to make it more level. The generator should be a safe distance away from guests to reduce the risk that they’ll inhale dangerous carbon monoxide fumes.

Use Fuel Properly

Generators run on diesel, gas, or propane. While there are benefits to each fuel source, only use the type listed on the unit or in its manual. In addition to fuel, you also need to add more oil. The manual will tell you how many hours the generator can run before it needs more oil.

If the generator runs out of fuel before your party is over, shut it down and let it cool. This usually takes 15 to 30 minutes. Only when it’s cool to the touch can you add more fuel. Adding fuel when it’s hot increases the risk of splash back and possible injuries.

Consider a Tent

Michigan summer storms are common, but you can keep the party going even when it rains. Just make sure that you cover the generator and do not let it run in the rain. Water can get inside the tank and mix with the fuel, causing serious damage. Most hardware stores sell generator tents, and you can also find them online. They’re easy to set up and take down.

Pick the Best One

Make sure your picnic or party is a success with the right generator. Some models provide up to 2,000 watts of power, which is enough for small groups. You can run a PA system or speaker, and guests can charge their devices. Generators with up to 5,000 watts are big enough for family reunions, but bigger groups may need one with more wattage. Keep in mind that the more power the generator provides, the louder it will be.

Ensure your party or picnic guests have the power they need with a generator. Choosing the right one, picking the best spot, using the right fuel, and adding a tent are all helpful tips. Get more help with generator services when you contact Henninger Electric in Cedar Falls, IA.

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