Saturday, December 28, 2013 — • Get the right generator size for your needs. For example, a 5500 Watt Portable Generator is ideal for powering a small appliance and a few household items, whereas the Briggs & Stratton 6250 Watt Storm Responder, a quick response generator that comes with maintenance reminders and a 25 foot generator adapter cord, can handle even more.
Use free online resources, such as a generator size and wattage calculators to determine how much power you need.
• Don’t wait for an emergency to operate your generator. Perform a dry run to make sure you’re familiar with its operation. Run the machine occasionally to keep the engine lubricated.
• Keep a flashlight handy to find your way to your generator. Store it conveniently, covered, to keep it free of dirt and debris.
• Proper generator maintenance includes several steps. For every eight hours of operation, check the oil. Change the air cleaner every 25 hours and the oil every 50 hours. Replace the spark plug every 100 hours.
More portable generator safety tips can be found at www.BriggsAndStratton.com.
This winter, be prepared. Be sure you have a working portable generator, and the know-how to run it properly.