Employees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these generator safety tips so that they’re knowledgeable and are well prepared for hurricane season:
Ø Always operate a generator in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines and instructions.
Ø Never connect a generator to a wall outlet or to the electrical system in your home since that can cause damage to your equipment and can be a life-threatening danger to your family, neighbors, and repair crews.
Ø Always operate your generator outdoors on a level surface in a well-ventilated, dry area away from air intakes to your home. Your generator needs an unlimited supply of fresh air for proper cooling during operation so ensure that it has a minimum of three to four feet of spacing on all sides, including the top. An open door or window will allow dangerous exhaust fumes to enter your home. Since combustion engines create carbon monoxide, which can be lethal, good ventilation is critical.
Ø Be sure to have adequate fuel for your generator and manage consumption by running for only a few hours at a time. Never add fuel to your generator when it is running, and always store additional fuel in approved gasoline containers.
This transfer switch will prevent “backfeeding,” a term that refers to the inadvertent energizing of circuits in both systems. Backfeeding most commonly occurs when a generator is connected directly to the electric panel or circuit in a home. Feeding power into the utility system during an outage will energize the transformer. This could pose a serious threat to the power line and to the service crews who are unknowingly working with an energized line as they attempt to restore power to your home and your neighborhood.