Can you run a generator in a carport?
Herein, can I put a generator on my porch?
Rule 1: Never Use a generator indoors. So don't do it. Ever. Porches are also off limits as are basements, obviously. Run an outdoor-rated extension cord from the machine to the appliances you want to power or use a generator cord to connect to a transfer switch like this one.
Furthermore, where can I run my generator?
— Place generators at least 15 feet from your house. Make sure you have a long enough extension cord that's in good condition. — Point the exhaust away from your home and any windows, doors or vents. — Keep generators dry to avoid the risk of electrocution and cool to prevent overheating.
Generators quickly can produce high levels of deadly carbon monoxide gas. Turn off the generator's circuit breaker before starting, so the load does not draw current until the generator is running smoothly. Turn off the breaker before stopping the generator.