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Safety Tips To Keep In Mind When Using A Generator
- Read the owner’s manual thoroughly! When a generator is not installed properly, it can “back feed” through the transformer and produce an output of 7,200 volts on the distribution line. This could injure you, your neighbors, or utility crews working on the line.
- Isolate your generator from the co-op’s power lines—connect appliances, etc… directly to the generator with the appropriate sized cords.
- If you connect the generator directly through your home’s wiring, be sure a double-throw or transfer switch has been installed to separate it from the co-op’s system. The switch must be equal to the size of the service, not the rating of the generator (i.e. if the service is 200 amps, the switch must be 200 amps).
- Never try to refuel the generator while it is operating.
- Provide adequate ventilation and air-cooling to prevent overheating and the accumulation of toxic exhaust fumes.
- Do not install the generator in a basement, attached garage, or any closed area. The exhaust gases from the generator contain carbon monoxide, an invisible, odorless, poisonous gas.