When there is a power blackout, most homes usually go dark because of lack of a backup power supply. Most people usually end up lighting candles and flashlights for the entire duration of the blackout. Many consumers, however, have backup power generators, which usually provide power during the power blackout. Some of these generators have an automatic starting system, they automatically turn on and pick up the load when there is an outage. The vast majority, however, are portable home generators that have to be turned on manually when there is a power outage.
Portable generators are usually started manually. The user has to pull a rope wrapped around the crankshaft to start the generator. These generators can be placed in the garage of front lawn when running because they produce toxic fumes. When looking for a suitable generator to buy, be sure to pay attention to pricing and power output.