Factors To Consider Before Installing A Generator

Some of the factors to consider before installing a portable generator include the following;

  • Use of Portable Generators

Some people use emergency generators to provide back-up power. While generators can be used in a safe manner, improper use of a generator can pose significant hazards to you and your family. Hazards include electric shock, carbon monoxide poisoning, explosion and fire.

  • Prevention of Electrical Shock

It is extremely important to insure that your generator does not feed electricity back into the power distribution system. You should consult with a qualified electrician to insure that your generator installation is safe.
Since the generator must be operated outside your home, it is important for it to be equipped with a ground fault interrupter.
Only use grounded type extension cords that have the rated capacity to handle the given electrical load.
Inspect all extension cords prior to use and never use a damaged cord.
Do not run extension cords through water or across wet surfaces.
Prevention of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

You cannot see, smell or taste carbon monoxide (CO), but at high levels it can kill a person within minutes. Carbon monoxide is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. Know the symptoms of CO poisoning. At moderate levels you or your family can get severe headaches, become dizzy, mentally confused, nauseated, or faint. Low levels can cause shortness of breath, mild nausea, and mild headaches. Since many of these symptoms are similar to those of the flu, food poisoning, or other illnesses, you may not think that CO poisoning could be the cause. Never operate a generator in an enclosed place including your garage or near an open door or window.

Gasoline safety tips

  1. Always store gasoline in containers approved for the storage of gasoline.
  2. Never store gasoline in your home. Keep it in a detached garage or tool shed.
  3. Never fill your generator when it is running or when it is hot. Wait until it is cool before filling.
  4. Always refuel your generator outside away from any source of ignition.
  5. When refilling gasoline cans, always place the cans on the ground. Never fill a can that is in the bed of a truck or in a vehicle.
  6. Never transport gasoline in the trunk of your car.
  7. Only store a reasonable amount of gasoline. The maximum quantity of gasoline stored should not exceed (10) gallons.
    Hazards of Gasoline


  1. Gasoline vapors burn not the liquid.
  2. Gasoline will produce sufficient vapors to burn at any temperature above 44o Fahrenheit.
  3. The vapors are heavier than air and can travel a considerable distance before finding an ignition source.
  4. Static electricity will ignite gasoline vapors.
  5. Gasoline is lighter than water. Using water on a gasoline fire will spread the fire.
  6. Gasoline is poisonous and can be fatal if swallowed

Recipes from all around the world

One of the most enjoyable parts of travel is to taste the foods that are indigenous to different countries and cultures.

If you judge Mexican food by local restaurants you would miss the incredible variety of moles for Oaxaca, for example. The stews of Hunan province are not served in Chinese restaurants and African food is hard to find outside of large cities.

But traveling to all these regions to sample these wonderful cuisines is impossible, so we turn to cookbooks. A newer and faster and cheaper way to do that now is to download an Ebook from someone who is familiar with these foods and has tested each recipe. You can print each recipe as needed and keep the rest in a file on your computer.

African Chicken Stew West Africa

Serves 4 to 6

Note: This Stew is Hot! Adjust the amount of chiles to your tastes



  • 1 ½ lb. boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
  • ½ tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. each ground nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, and allspice
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 14 oz. can tomato pieces
  • 2 habanero or Scotch bonnet chiles, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 5 dried chiles, soaked for 2 hours in hot water
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • parsley for garnish


How to cook

  • Drain and chop soaked dried chiles, set aside.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in non-stick stew pot. Add onions, garlic, ginger, fresh chiles, fry until the onions have begun to soften. Add chicken cubes, fry until very lightly browned. Add spices and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, dried chiles, and peanut butter. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  • Add vinegar and peeled and cubed sweet potatoes. Cook until sweet potatoes are done (20 to 30 minutes).
    Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Necessary Steps Before Starting Home Business

I have helped thousands of people start up their own home based businesses using the Internet. Over time, I have come to recognize two of the most important factors for identifying people that should NOT start a home based business.

If a prospective entrepreneur says something like…”I’m broke and need to make some money…fast!”or, “I want to start a home business, but I don’t want to spend anything on it until after I start earning some money.” …it is certain that they have not “gotten real” and should not attempt to start a home business under either of those conditions. I refer to them as the “death sentences” for starting a home based business.

Almost equally important is the need to have realistic economic expectations when undertaking a home based business. There is no magic here, folks. A home based business provides many rewards such as working in the comfort of your own home, avoiding a stressful commute, being your own boss, setting your own hours, no dress code, etc., etc., but anyone that is also expecting “instant riches” is sadly mistaken.

There are a tremendous number of home business and work at home
opportunities offered on the Internet. Many of these are all
hype and try to convince you that you will be making huge amounts
of money in very little time (you know, stuff like…”you will be
making $5,000 per week, and more, in just a few weeks!”). You
should avoid these like the plague…if they were for real
everyone would be doing it.

Study the opportunities carefully and select the home business
opportunity that seems to fit your own particular style or
talents. What is a good choice for one person may be a very poor fit for someone else. The common thread that applies to everyone is that you must be “for real” (as indicated above) and the business opportunity itself must be “for real”.