Motor Home Generator Safety Precautions
Please read your generator Operator’s Manual carefully so you understand all the precautions for safe, efficient operation. Operator’s manuals for Cummins Onan motor home generators can be found on CumminsOnan.com.
Follow fundamental safety rules
Most accidents occur from failing to follow fundamental safety rules. In general:
- Exhaust gas is deadly. Check all exhaust system connections regularly for leaks and tighten them as necessary. Do NOT operate the generator with a faulty exhaust system.
- If your RV bottoms out on a driveway or road object, inspect the generator exhaust system for damage. The tail pipe must extend past the edge of the vehicle.
- Always operate the generator in an area where the wind will carry away the exhaust fumes.
- Never sleep with the generator running unless the RV is equipped with an operating carbon monoxide detector.
- Don’t store anything, especially gas, oil, rags or other flammable materials, in the generator compartment.
- Keep the exhaust and air intake free from obstructions such as clothing, furniture or other material.
- Perform all service and maintenance work with the generator engine off and the positive battery cable disconnected. Moving parts can cause severe personal injury or death, and live wires could cause fatal electrocution.
- Backfeed to utility systems can create serious risks to life or property. Do not connect to building electrical system except through approved device and after building main breaker is opened.
This article was contributed by Cummins Onan, manufacturer of the top selling line of RV generators.
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