DEDICATED TO SAFETY - ENSURE PROPER USE OF PORTABLE GENERATORS
The only safe place to use a portable
generator is outside and far from
any occupied dwelling. The Portable
Generator Manufacturers' Association
(PGMA) has developed a thorough
safety campaign to encourage safe use.
Resources include media advisories,
fact sheets, a video, and more. We
encourage public safety officials and the
media to use these resources and share
If you are a manufacturer of portable
generators, you have much to gain
by joining your industry's official
association. “Having a voice” is a key
benefit of membership, particularly
when the issue involves a product
Formed in 2009, the Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association (PGMA) is a trade association that seeks to develop and influence safety and performance standards for our industry’s products. PGMA members include major manufacturers of portable generators sold in North America and a significant majority of the industry. The Association is also dedicated to educating consumers on the safe use of portable generators and has developed the Take it Outside™ campaign to support its mission. Portable generators are engine-driven power generators that are intended for multiple uses and designed for portability, though not necessarily with wheels.
Portable generators are engine-driven power generators that are intended for multiple uses and designed for portability, though not necessarily with wheels. Portable generators, by our definition, do not include trailer-mounted generators, generators in motor homes, generators intended to be pulled by vehicles, and standby or stationary generators that are permanently connected. Portable generators give you the power you need when you don’t have access to traditional sources of electric power. Our products are in high demand in three typical settings:
Emergencies, such as during power outages due to extreme weather,
Recreation, such as campsites and outdoor events/parties, and
Professional, such as worksite applications for workers and contractors
ANSI/PGMA G300 STANDARD
The Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association’s revised standard, ANSI PGMA G300-2018, includes safety features requiring carbon monoxide sensing technology which shuts the generator off when CO accumulates above a certain level.
PGMA urges that all portable generators be used safely and in accordance with the owner’s manual provided by the manufacturer.