Care for your portable generator

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A portable generator provides electricity for refrigerators and lights in the event of a power outage. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
From planned power outages and public safety power shut-off to accidents and structure damage from weather conditions, the lack of electricity is a main concern to those living in the state of California. One way to manage extended power outages is to use portable generators, an affordable and safe option to keep the lights on and appliances humming. The compact power-creating machines do require a checklist full of maintenance activities to be kept in good running condition. Small generators create electricity by running a gas- or diesel-powered engine that turns an onboard alternator, called a genset, to generate electrical power. Built-in outlets on the unit allow users to tap that electricity for powering refrigerators, fans, lights and other light-use appliances. Some safe
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