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Generator 101

Electricity and power is a common day necessity. For some people who live off grid, they use solar panels that gather electricity in a unit which then can be used for later. For those that don’t have the luxury or affordability of solar panels, they rely on portable generators. Generators serve as an emergency power outlet or maybe as the main power source when other resources are not available. 

One thing to keep in mind is that generators can be very dangerous when handling. You can get electrocuted if you do not know what you’re doing. You can also accidentally spark up an electrical line.

Always read the instructions upon your purchase of a generator. 

Generator 101 as everybody should know...Do NOT attach a generator directly to your home or business's electrical system unless a qualified professional has installed the generator with a transfer switch. If this is done incorrectly..you’re at a risk of sparking up lines away from your home...“backfeed", which means utility workers and others could be electrocuted. Utility equipment could also be at risk and your appliances along with the generator.

When you plug an appliance directly in the generator backup, only use the cord that was supplied by the manufacturer. Do not go over the voltage or amp limit of what the generator. Overheating it becomes an extreme fire hazard.

Generator 101 Carbon monoxide risk. CO is produced when back-up generators when are in use. Since CO is odorless and colorless, it can affect you without your knowledge. DO NOT NEVER use a generator indoor…always place it outdoors to so that the exhaust fumes will not enter the home. Always place in a dry, ventilated, open spaced area and covered from the rain/snow.

Backup basics on purchasing your generator:

Choose one rated for your power needs. Review the labels on the lighting, appliances and equipment you plan to connect to the generator.
For lighting: the lightbulb’s wattage indicates the power needed.
For equipment and appliances: power requirements are on the labels.
The generator should produce more power than will be drawn by the lighting, appliances and equipment you connect to it. If the generator doesn’t produce enough power for your needs, don’t use all the equipment at the same time. If your equipment draws more power than the generator can produce, the equipment could be damaged or you could blow a fuse.
If you can’t determine the amount of power you’ll need, ask an electrician to help you out.

Do's and Don'ts:

-Don’t use a generator indoors or in an attached garage. Generators are internal combustion engines that emit carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless poisonous gas that can lead to death.

-Don’t connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring. If you do, it can “backfeed” into the power lines connected to your home and could kill linemen who may be working to repair outages many miles away.

-Don’t overload the generator. Only use it to power a limited number of appliances or equipment.

-Don’t store gasoline for generators indoors or in a garage if there’s a water heater or other fuel-burning appliance there.

-Don’t touch a generator if you are wet or standing on a wet surface.

-Don’t leave a running generator unattended. Turn it off before you go to sleep or leave the house.

-Do place your generator outside where exhaust fumes will not enter enclosed spaces. Make sure it is in a well-ventilated dry area away from rain and snow.

-Do install a battery-operated CO detection device in your house so you are warned if CO levels are dangerous.

-Do connect heavy-duty, outdoor-rated power cords to the generator. Then, connect appliances to the power cord, being careful to ensure they are in the wattage range the generator can supply.

-Do properly ground your generator to avoid electrical shocks

-Do shut off the generator before refueling it.

-Do have a fire extinguisher near.

-Do keep children away.


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