The proper way to hook up a portable generator
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In most cases we can install a simple interlock kit on your existing electrical panel. The interlock prevents having the generator breaker and the main breaker being on at the same time. If both were to be on you can potentially burn up your generator when the power comes back on or worse you could back feed onto the electrical grid outside causing risk of electrocution to a linesman working on getting your power back on.
Simply turn the main breaker off. This allows you to move the interlock up, allowing you to turn on the generator breaker. Left click on picture to see an example.
Connecting your generator shouldn't be a total rewire of your house. A simple inlet on the outside of your house makes for an easy hookup. Notice the male ends on the house. This prevent using a male to male cord which can be a risk of electrocution if someone unplugged it while the generator was still running.