Gas generators are known for having their dangers. Thanks to the fumes they let off like carbon monoxide, you have to be very aware of where you keep them and if there are any fires nearby. They are also heavy, hot, and loud, which can cause them to become quite a danger if you have children or elderly folk nearby.
Switching to solar generators is seen as a safer option for the environment, but what about for people?
Do Solar Generators Have the Same Danger As Gas Generators?
Solar generators for the most part are considered safer than gas generators, both for the user and the environment.
Gas generators, as the name says, run on gas. This means that like anything that runs on gas, they are releasing dangerous fumes that can hurt people nearby and the environment over time. This is the main reason that gas generators have to be placed in wide open spaces with plenty of airflow.
Placing them in a room with no airflow and limited space can lead to severe injury or even death for anyone that walks in due to the concentration of fumes. These fumes are primarily made up of carbon monoxide, which is known as a silent killer due to its lack of smell or color.
It is also highly flammable, so even with partial air flow, if a spark catches or someone lights a match nearby, the generator and surrounding area could explode.
They run thanks to a gas motor, which means they can get loud and hot. Think about a car engine. This works very similarly. It has heat as a byproduct, as well as noise, and fumes. All of these are dangerous if someone walks by too close or a child goes to touch it.
Thankfully, solar generators offer a better option. They aren’t as dangerous as gas generators and lack a lot of the big dangers. For one, they don’t run on gas, so there are no fumes like carbon monoxide to deal with. This means they can be put in a small room, with no ventilation without any danger, and you don’t have to worry about a spark or flame causing problems.
Some of the systems can get hot or warm, but rarely to the point that any actual danger could occur, and the heat is often released.
They are also silent, so you don’t have to worry about any harm to your ears. Overall, solar generators are a safer option than gas, not only for the environment but for your family as well.
What Dangers Come With Solar Generators?
Of course, just because they don’t have some of the bigger dangers doesn’t mean they are completely safe. There are problems with solar generators as well, and they need to be cleaned and maintained to prevent any problems.
- They can overheat and break if left in the sun
- They can malfunction and cost you a lot of money if one of the parts doesn’t work right
- They can overheat and potentially catch fire despite the safety checks put in place
- Something can short, and cause a fire at an outlet
- If there is a short, the device being into the generator can become damaged
- They are heavy, especially the bigger ones, and can cause injury to you, a child, or a pet if they fall over