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June 2023

Your portable generator can keep your family safe


Using a portable generator can keep major appliances working during a power outage.

Just remember to use it safely.

Protective tips:

  • Place your generator outdoors, at least 20 feet from your home’s doors, windows, or vents. Keeping distance helps protect you from carbon monoxide gas, which is colorless, odorless, and potentially deadly.
  • Let your generator cool down before refueling.
  • Don’t store fuel inside your home.
  • Plug appliances directly into your generator or use a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord. Check extension cords for cuts, tears, or missing prongs.
  • If you want to connect your generator to your home’s wiring, hire a licensed electrician. Make sure the electrician uses a properly rated switch that meets electrical codes.

Another essential: Read your owner’s manual. This will help you avoid unnecessary risks.

Have a question about insurance? Call the Texas Department of Insurance at 800-252-3439 or visit