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Before selecting an emergency generator, there are several things you need to know, not the least of which is getting the right size generator.

Generators come in a variety of sizes and can produce enough power to run a couple of items for an entire home.

While they are called emergency generators, an emergency is not the time to figure out which generator will best serve your needs. Take the time to know the size generator you will need in the event of a power failure and know how to safely use the machine.

What Watts Count?

Go through your home and make a list of the essential items you must have during a power outage. Check the manufacturer’s label on each item. Write down the number of watts listed on the label. Add the watts together and then multiply by 1.5. This is the minimum number of watts your generator will have to produce in order to power those items.


Microwave         600 watts

Refrigerator       700 watts

Freezer                                1,200 watts

Total:                     2,5000 watts x 1.5 = 3,750 watts

Emergency Generator

Where Do I Plug it In?

Generators run on fuel like gasoline or diesel and must be run outside because carbon monoxide fumes present in the exhaust can be fatal.

Smaller portable generators require you to connect directly into the machine. These generators have two to four plugs and will require the use of extension cords to reach from the appliance to the external generator.

More substantial generators require a direct connection to the home’s electrical panel. A connection must be installed by an electrician before these types of generators can be used.

No matter what type of generator you need, you can always find it and more at One Stop Rental. Contact us today for all you tool and party rental needs.