Standby Generator Safety
Portable standby generators, when used properly, can provide an alternative power source until conventional power is restored.
What to Consider if You Are planning to Buy a Portable Standby Generator
- Clearly understand your electricity requirements to ensure the unit is the correct size and voltage for your application.
- Purchase the appropriate generator accessories, including:
1. an approved transfer device or switch.
2. a properly sized connector cord and plugs.
Note: some manufacturers offer complete generator packages.
Standby Generator Safety Checklist
- Research your purchase carefully; consult a licensed and knowledgeable electrical contractor if you are not sure of your home's requirements.
- Ensure all components of the generators carry approval labels.
- Check to be sure you have the following components in addition to the generator itself: A transfer device or transfer panel and proper connection cords and receptacles.
- Retain the services of a licensed and knowledgeable electrical contractor to install your unit.
- Ask about measures you should take to ensure proper grounding and bonding of the unit.
- Read and follow the instructions in your owner's manual.
- Contact the Electrical Safety Authority to arrange for an inspection of the installation.
- Remember the generator is a fuel-driven device that requires proper ventilation to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning.