Generator Safety in Emergency Conditions: Avoiding Costly Mistakes

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Generators are designed to accommodate people in an emergency situation when their regular power supply is down. Such disasters as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes as well as super storms can occur with devastating impact, knocking out power lines and creating thousands of power outages. Although generators are a great help in the time of need, operating them must be done with caution. Several rules and regulations must be taken into consideration.
Manual
One of the most important tips for repairing a generator is the purchase of a good repair manual relevant to the proper generator brand. Repair manuals can inspire confidence by providing a step by step approach to resolving generator problems. Whether the need is for repair, operation, maintenance or trouble- shooting, the repair manual is a valuable tool for novices as well as professionals.
Ventilation
Operating generators in an enclosed area is a recipe for disaster. The carbon monoxide emitting from the generator’s engine can result in critical injury or even death. Generators need plenty of ventilation and space (at least 4 feet of all around space) to operate safely. A steady supply of fresh air is critical in keeping the generator cool during operation.
Fueling Up
Adding fuel to a generator during operation is another mistake. This should never be done due to possible spillage on pilot lights or sparks from electric switches or other hot engine parts. Also, keep fuel container out of living areas and away from other heated or burning appliances such as space heaters and oil lamps. Make sure you turn your generator completely off and allow it to cool down before refueling it.
Back Feeding
Plugging a generator into a wall outlet can spell disaster for not only you but for others within your proximity. Making such mistake can result in a “back feeding situation” which can result in an electrocution, especially for both utility workers and neighbors connected to the same electric transformer. That’s why learning how to manage a generator must be a top priority for those unfamiliar with the mechanism.
Generator Types
Many types of generators exist on the market. The list includes solar, marine and wind generators as well as hydrogen, oxygen and C1O2 generators. Most all generators are made to grant temporary power so that homeowners, factories, and organizations can continue to function. Portable generators can be used while on camping trips or to operate small power tools

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