How do I connect my portable generator safely?

There are 2 ways to connect a generator:

  1. First, you can plug your appliances directly into the generator and run them as needed.
  2. Second, you can have the generator connected to your breaker panel, by a licensed electrician, through a transfer switch. This enables you to throw the switch and have the items that you have designated as important continue to operate from the generator.

Very important notice: The main breaker on your panel does not qualify as a transfer switch under the National Safety Code. Using it in such a manner is illegal!