Thursday, 5 February 2015
Generator Safety Checklist
Electric generators are convenient devices that provide electricity when the power is down due to service maintenance or inclement weather. However, because generators work with electricity, like any electrical appliance, one should use them with caution and take safety precautions to prevent personal injury.
Here’s presenting a generator safety checklist, which will help you minimize your physical risks when operating a generator.
Check Moisture Exposure
Water is a good conductor of electricity. Ensure that the generator is installed & kept in a dry location, preferably supported above ground level or in an area from which water will drain. Place the generator under a canopy or a shed to keep precipitation off the device.
You don’t want to stumble around devices which work as power-houses. Ensure that the path is clear around the generator and that wires are not lying around.
Generators consume fuel and hence emit smoke. Generators produce more carbon monoxide than car engines. Carbon monoxide starves the body of oxygen causing nausea and headaches. Place the generator at least 20 feet from the house and never operate a generator indoors.
Check that the cords and wires on the generator are not exposed. Use only grounded, three-prong electrical plugs and avoid extension cords. Do not plug a portable generator into a wall socket to try to power your home. This can cause electrical damage. Always hire a licensed electrician to connect a permanent standby generator to your electrical system.
Check that the generator is off and cool before attempting to fuel it. Label the generator fuel clearly, and store it in a cool location away from other combustible materials.
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