Can You Put a Standby Generator in the Basement?

The location of the backup generator is a major logistical concern. Unless you live in a flood zone, the basement is an excellent place to store your valuables. But can you put a standby generator in the basement? It’s a common question we get, and the answer can be found below.

Can you run a generator in the basement?

Never, ever, ever run a generator in a garage, utility building, shed, or basement where carbon monoxide may accumulate to the point of being lethal (even with the door open).

However, putting your standby generator in the basement can be a great way to keep it out of the way and protect it from bad weather.

Can you run a portable generator in the basement?

Running a generator inside or in an enclosed area is a no-no. There are places like the basement and garage that might harbor fatal quantities of carbon monoxide. A minimum distance of 20 feet from the house is required for a generator to be used, with the exhaust being directed clear of any windows or doors.

Can you put a Generac generator inside?

A generator should never be used inside or in partially enclosed spaces, such as garages. You should never use this product inside, and only in an area where appropriate ventilation is available and the exhaust gas will not build up to a lethal level.

Where is the best place to install a Generac generator?

Your family and neighbors will not be exposed to carbon monoxide if you place your generator in a safe area. At least five feet from any windows, entrances, or soffit ventilation should be kept clear (check your local code for exact requirements).

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Can a propane generator be installed indoors?

You should never use a portable generator inside your house, garage, basement, shed or crawl space. Keep the generator at least 20 feet away from your house and away from any open windows, vents, or doors.

Can you put a generator on the roof?

In the event of a flood, a generator might be installed on the roof to protect it.


Basements are excellent places to store valuables and equipment for protection from the weather and for later use. This includes standby generators. However, generators should never be turned on and run while indoors, including in basements due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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