Can you use a portable generator in rain and all weather conditions?
If your portable generator is housed in a covered area that is clean and dry – and you have taken care to ensure the exhaust is vented outside, there shouldn’t be an issue using your portable generator in rain or snow.
But if your generator is outside – but not in an enclosure, operating it during heavy rains may not be a good thing to do. During rains, you’d want to use a thick piece of board as the base, and wrap plastic bags around every connection and socket and tape it up very securely.
In very cold weather, your generator may freeze up or not start.
No matter what, you would not want to operate your portable generator when it is within your home. Portable generators always need to be operated outside of your house.
You might want to build a enclosure for your generator. And in case you are planning to store your generator inside your home, make sure that you will never run your generator inside the home.
Do ensure the extension cords you use are not frayed or defective in any way.
Do not add gasoline to your portable generator when it is running … turn the generator off and let it become cooler before you refill it.
Remember, it’s not a good idea to run your generator in snow or rain if it’snot in an enclosure. You would want to keep the generator in a shelter – but not in your home. Generators need to be placed in a dry and clean area.
You would want to vent the exhaust outside so as to prevent carbon monoxide from accumulating.
And do make sure you have attached a ground wire to the generator. It needs proper grounding before you start operating it.