You obviously have an understanding of how to safely do this. It's the people that think a simple DIY $10 cord is a simple solution, while not knowing all the proper settings needed in the fuse box.Really, I've wired two houses from the ground up as the self-contractor when I built. Obviously there's an extremely safe way to do it since I've been doing it for over 20 years and never had a problem. Maybe the correct reply would be to acknowledge that, but as I have admitted it's not for everyone because there is an inherent danger in working with electricity. There's some people that simply don't have the aptitude to perform such operations safely. These are the same people that shouldn't be driving cars or owning guns. As a member of this form I would think that you would be a proponent of individual liberty and freedom rather than being a safety nanny. Anyhow, the correct order of operations is to turn off the individual appliance breakers in the fuse box followed by the main power breaker that runs power into the entire house. Plug in the generator and start it up. Select the appropriate house appliance breakers and turn them on. Whatever you do, don't turn on the main house breaker while the generator is running. It's the reverse order of operations when you're ready to flip back to city power. Really, really simple and safe. Do me a favor and don't strawman my point trying to make me look incompetent and you the master of all things safe and smart. There's a whole bunch of people out there that maybe have a small generator but not enough money to hire an electrician and buy a transfer switch. All I'm saying is with a little self-education they can safely power their homes in a life endangering outage. God bless America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.
For the record I think we're both saying there's a dangerous and stupid way to do it. Depending on your location this also may be illegal. However it might be totally illegal where you live, it's up to the individual to check their building code and laws.
Do you know what would happen to a generator if it was back feeding to the grid (hooked up wrong) and power comes back on? I'm don't know and I am very curious.