25 Jul 2022

First Time Generator Use: The Dos and Don’ts

When the power goes out, a generator can be a lifesaver. However, it’s essential to know how they work before using them for the first time. Bellwood Rewinds, a leading supplier of generators, looks at the dos and don’ts of first-time generator use.

Generators are an excellent option for many industries, and they don’t need to break the bank; from new and used generators to generator hire, there is a wide range of options. But in all cases, safe and effective generator use requires some key steps.


Study – If you are using a generator for the first time, it’s essential to know how they work so you are prepared when you need to use one.

Study what your unit is capable of doing and whether or not it will meet your needs. Then take some time to test run the equipment before you need it. It’s also essential to determine how much power your generator will need in case of a break. 

Make a plan – It is essential to have a generator that provides enough power for your appliances. Don’t overload the unit by plugging in items you do not need or do not use regularly. 

If any devices will likely be plugged into the generator during a power outage, it’s a good idea to test them before the lights go out.

Know your limits – You need to understand how long your generator should last so that nobody gets caught off guard by its limitations. 

It’s also wise to consider how long your other devices and appliances might last on a generator before you run out of fuel. This leads us to our next point.

Stock up on fuel – Make sure you have enough fuel on hand to refill your generator. This is important as you can be left without power if you run out. 

Do exercise caution when refuelling and avoid anything that might cause ignition.

Use quality extension cords – It’s essential to use heavy-duty extension cords for your electric and diesel generator, and it is wise not only when charging things but also if you want a safe outing. 

Grounded connections will keep the electricity from streaming out of control so that there are no accidents while using this power source.


Refill your gasoline generator when it’s on – Don’t forget to turn off your generator when you are done. If there is still gas left in it, the heat source could cause an explosion and injure anyone nearby. Store your gas tank at least ten feet away from the generator. 

If you need more than what’s in there, turn off and wait for it to cool down first before refilling again.

Leave your generator exposed – If you live in an area that experiences rain or snow, make sure not to let your generator run when exposed. 

If it starts getting wet and if stormy weather comes up too quickly, then cover the unit with a tarp so as not to cause any damage – generators should always be kept dry.

Overrun your generator – It is important to remember that generators can only handle so much before they need to be refuelled. If you overload your generator, it could cause an explosion or even damage the equipment. 

It’s best not to use too many appliances at once when using a device for the first time.

Let your generator run out of gas – Generators should always be kept full to avoid breakage or overheating. If you don’t have enough fuel, your generator may overheat and even catch fire. This can cause a lot of damage, so make sure not to let this happen to your generator.

Use it with a broken fuel filter – If you think your generator’s engine is running fine, but there’s no electricity, make sure you check out the fuel system first. A clogged filter can cause problems and dirt and debris that might have gotten into the device from being used outdoors.


 Electric and gasoline generators are a great way to power your business during a blackout. Be sure that if this is not something you’ve done before that you follow the instructions carefully and ensure safety at all times. If required, don’t be afraid to ask for help from someone with more experience with this type of machinery.