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Generator Safety Information

Carbon Monoxide Safety
Generator exhaust contains carbon monoxide vapors. Exposure to carbon monoxide can result in severe injury or death. Always operate your generator according to all warning and instruction labels and your Owner's Manual. 

When operating your generator, remember this:

  • Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, meaning you cannot smell or see it.
  • Your generator is for outdoor use only. Never run the generator in an enclosed area, as carbon monoxide can cause loss of consciousness or death. Always operate the generate in an open and well-ventilated area.
  • Do not use the generator indoors in garages, basements, crawl spaces, sheds, portable buildings or similar areas even if the doors and windows are open or if ventilating fans are used to circulate the air. 
  • Do not use the generate near windows, doors, vents or any other building openings even if they are closed. Poor seals on a door, as an example, could still permit high levels of carbon monoxide to infiltrate the living area of a home.
  • Be sure to install approved carbon monoxide detectors in your home that have battery back-up systems that will continue to detect the presence of carbon monoxide during electric-power outages. Test these devices and replace batteries as recommended by their respective manufacturers.

If you experience a headache, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, confusion or seizures, immediately get to fresh air and away from the unit. Do not delay for any reason. 

Electrical Safety
Your generator produces high voltage electricity sufficient to cause death by electrocution. 

When operating your generator, keep in mind:

  • Always connect the generator to a suitable ground circuit. 
  • When servicing your generator, disconnect the spark plug wire and place it where it cannot contact the plug. Turn the engine switch to the OFF position.
  • Do not check for a spark with the plug removed. Use only approved spark plug testers.
  • Using a generator or electrical appliance in wet conditions (rain or snow, near a pool or sprinkler system, or when your hands are wet) could result in severe shock or electrocution. Keep the generator dry and away from all sources of moisture. 
  • If the generator is stored outdoors and unprotected from the weather, check all electrical components on the control panel before each use. Moisture or ice can cause a malfunction or short circuit in electrical components that could result in electrocution. 
  • Do not connect the generator to a building's electrical system unless an isolation switch has been installed that meets applicable electrical codes and regulations.
  • To avoid overloading the generator, ensure the load is kept within the rated power range stated on the generator. Overloading will damage the unit and/or shorten its operating lifespan.

Fire Safety
Gasoline is extremely flammable and is explosive under certain conditions. Do not smoke or allow flames or sparks where you refuel your generator or where gasoline is stored. Refuel in a well-ventilated area with the engine off.

When operating your generator, remember:

  • The generator exhaust system gets hot enough to ignite some materials and burn skin if touched. Do not touch the hot exhaust system components. Always keep combustible materials away from the exhaust system.
  • Keep the generator at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from buildings, other equipment and combustible material during operation.
  • Do not enclose the generator in any structure.
  • Keep children and pets away from the generator.
  • Ensure that any spilled fuel is properly wiped up prior to using your generator, as fuel vapors are flammable. 

Handling Gasoline Safely
Gasoline is highly flammable, and gasoline vapor is explosive under certain conditions. Always use caution when handling gasoline.

When handling gasoline, remember:

  • If the generator has been in operation, allow the engine to cool completely before refueling. 
  • Always store gasoline in an approved container. 
  • Always refuel outdoors or in a well-ventilated area away from any combustible materials.
  • Do not smoke or allow open flames or sparks in or near the area where refueling is performed or where gasoline is stored. 
  • Never permit children to handle gasoline.
  • Never refuel around bystanders, pets and flammable objects.
  • Loosen the fuel cap slowly to relieve pressure in the tank. Fuel cap locations can be found in the below diagram.
    Fuel cap diagrams
  • Take care not to overfill or spill any fuel on the generator or muffler when refueling.
  • If gasoline spills on skin or clothing, immediately wash it off with soap and water and change clothing. 
  • Do not use the generator if you observe leaking gasoline. Have the generator serviced immediately and before using it again.
  • When operating or transporting the generator, be sure it is kept upright. If it tilts, fuel may leak. Be sure the fuel tank cap is tightened when transporting the generator. 
  • Do not refuel using gas station pumps. 
  • Remove fuel from the generator before transporting it in a vehicle. 

Always operate the generator on a level surface. If the generator is tilted, fuel may spill or the generator may tip over, causing hazardous conditions. Do not swallow gasoline, inhale more than a few breaths of gasoline vapor or spill gasoline. If you swallow gasoline, inhale more than a few breaths of gasoline vapor or splash gasoline in your eyes, see a physician immediately. If gasoline spills on skin or clothing, immediately wash it off with soap and water and change clothing. 

For more information, see your authorized Polaris Dealer. Find a dealer near you with the Dealer Locator.
Operation and maintenance procedures can be found in your Owner's Manual: P5500 and P6500 Owner's Manual, P3200iE Owner's Manual and P2000i Owner's Manual.
For replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog

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