Emergency generator safety is your responsibility.
For everyone's sake - yours, the Cooperative and its line crews - generators need to be isolated from the Cooperative's power lines. The National Electric Code (NEC) requires that a double throw switch be installed on your service where the standby generator is connected. When installed properly, the double-throw switch ensures there is no "backfeed" when running your generator.
Before you buy a generator . . .
Determine the wattage output you need. Manufacturers rate the size of a generator in terms of wattage. The generator's wattage output should meet or exceed the total rated wattage of the equipment you plan to operate in the case of an outage.
- Use only properly grounded extension cords and inspect them for proper size and previous damage.
- Never fill the generator's fuel tank while the engine is running. Gasoline can be ignited by a hot muffler or engine or an electrical spark.
- Allow the engine to cool completely before refueling and store fuel in proper containers.
Don't let a weather disaster turn into a personal disaster. If you need an emergency generator, purchase one now and have a transfer switch installed before the storm hits.
For more information on generators and installation of a transfer switch, call 888-788-1551 or contact John Molumby.