A generator can be a wonderful tool during an outage, but it can also be extremely dangerous. It is important that when using your generator, you keep the following safety tips in mind -- you just may save a life:
- Know your generator! Read all the information on installation, safety and maintenance, and follow instructions regarding maintenance and testing. When a generator is not properly installed, it can "backfeed" through the transformer and produce an output of 7,200 volts on the distribution line. As a result, a line crew working on the system would be put in danger.
- For everyone's sake, isolate your generator from the co-op's power lines. This means you should connect appliances or other devices directly to the generator with the appropriate-sized cords. If you connect it directly to your building's wiring, a transfer, double-throw switch is required to separate your generator from the co-op's system.
- Take care when fueling your generator. Never try to refuel the unit while it's operating. Avoid spilling gasoline or other fuels on hot components.
- Provide adequate ventilation and air cooling for the generator to prevent overheating and the accumulation of toxic exhaust fumes. Do not install your generator in a basement or any closed area. Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, invisible, poisonous gas.
If you have additional questions, please call REC. We will be glad to work with you to make sure your generator is sized and connected properly. If you have already installed or plan to install a generator, please contact REC at 1-800-552-3904 so that we may note this on your account.