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How to choose a portable generator

We have all been without power at some point due to ice storms, high winds or accidents. If you have decided to get a generator to provide power in emergency situations, here are some things to consider:

  • How much wattage do you need? Generator specialists say you will need a generator that produces more power than all of the equipment combined plus the initial surge when it is turned on.
  • If you will be using your generator to provide power to a heavy duty extension cord, make sure the load rating of the cord is more than the sum of the power consumed by the appliances.
  • If your generator will be permanently wired into a home, it should be installed by a qualified electrician with a transfer switch to prevent back feed. Please contact our office at 712-755-2166 before directly wiring a generator into your home’s electrical circuit.
  • Portable generators should be operated outdoors to keep exhaust fumes out of the home.

Manufacturers also recommend that you operate your generator once a month for at least 10 minutes to ensure that it is running properly, keep the generator where it will be easily accessible and weatherproof, and have enough fuel for at least 24 hours. Learn more at