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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.