It’s time to pull out those generators and test them while hurricane season tracks on

The tips and tricks to using your generator safely

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The tropics may be quiet now but hurricane season is just getting started.

While you build a kit that fits for your home you may want to think about investing in a generator in case power is lost for an extended period of time.

Here are a few steps to take to test the generator before the storm:

  • Make a list of items you wish to plug into the generator and make sure you have the correct wattage
  • Perform regular oil changes
  • Never bring your generator into your home, keep it far away from windows and vents. Store it in a dry, level, well-ventilated area
  • Plug in necessities first
  • Always allow your generator to cool before refueling
  • Make sure your hands and feet are dry before touching the generator
  • Unplug items that are using the generator one by one when finished
  • Store remaining fuel in a well-ventilated dry area in an approved storage container

If you don’t have a generator, you can stock up on flashlights, batteries, lanterns, solar-powered lights and other items to give you light when the skies go dark.