It is easy to forget that many of the things we use on a daily basis rely on electricity. Everything from the microwave and stove to the game station and computer need energy to work. As our homes become more reliant on increased power sources a greater need arises to supplement that power with back-up generators.
A whole house stand-by generator will automatically sense a disruption in electrical service and switch from utility to generator power within seconds. You will maintain all of the critical systems and conveniences you rely on in your home. When regular utility power returns to service a stand-by generator will then return to its normal monitoring functions.
If you are not ready to commit to a whole house unit a portable generator will provide sufficient energy to maintain basic functions of your home such as lighting, heat and sump or well pumps. Whether you choose the whole house stand-by or a portable generator you’ll find these units provide peace of mind, convenience and safety for your family.
Generator Safety Tips:
- Make sure that the generator is grounded to help prevent accidental shock.
- Provide adequate ventilation. Avoid areas where vapors may be trapped such as basements.
- Dangerous exhaust gases should be piped from enclosed areas. The engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a poisonous, odorless, invisible gas which, if breathed, causes serious illness and possible death.
- Fill the tank with clean, fresh unleaded automotive gasoline. Keep maximum fuel level 1/4 inch below the top of the fuel tank. Do not mix oil with gasoline.
- Refuel the generator in a well-lighted area. Avoid fuel spills and never refuel while the generator is running. Allow engine to cool for two minutes prior to refueling.
- Do not refuel near open flames, pilot lights, or sparking electrical equipment such as power tools, welders and grinders.
- The muffler and air cleaner must be installed and in good condition at all times as they function as flame arresters if backfiring occurs.Do not smoke near the generator.
- Do not wear loose clothing, jewelry, or anything that may be caught in the starter or other rotating parts.
- Load must be kept within rating stated on generator nameplate. Overloading will damage the unit or shorten its life.
- Engine must not be run at excessive speeds. Do not tamper with parts that may increase or decrease the governed speed.
- To prevent accidental starting always remove the spark plug or cable from the spark plug before adjusting the generator or engine.
- Don’t operate or store the generator in wet or damp conditions or on highly conductive locations such as metal decking and steelwork.
- Keep the generator clean and free of oil, mud and other foreign matter.
- Store the generator in a well-ventilated area with the fuel tank empty. Fuel should not be stored near the generator.
It’s always important to take proper safety precautions when any mechanical equipment is involved. Use your generator properly and you, your family, and your home will be both safe and prepared for any interruption of power no matter what the source.