Don’t Forget to Ground Your Generator Rental!
Determining where to rent a generator is a vital first step to securing the power your need to get the job done. But, it’s not the most critical step. Once your generator arrives, the time and effort you spend setting the system up properly will make all the difference between a safe and efficient operation and a potentially deadly situation. Of all the tasks you need to perform, ensuring the system is grounded correctly is one of the most important. Grounding your system creates a backup path of least resistance that can dissipate electricity safely into the ground. Not all mobile generator systems need to be grounded, so it is essential to verify with the generator rental company the proper grounding procedures rather than assuming grounding isn’t necessary.
Why Grounding Matters
If something happens to disrupt the electrical circuit, grounding will create a path of least resistance that will dissipate the electricity into the ground. This protects employees against electric shock, protects equipment against fires, and shields both employees and machinery against many other hazards.
Grounding Your Portable Generator
Many modern generators are grounded through the frame. In these mobile power generation systems, the engine, fuel tank, and generator housing are welded directly to the frame. Any errant electrical flow outside of the wiring flows through the frame and into the ground. However, it’s always best to confirm grounding status by thoroughly reading the owner’s manual.
If you need to ground your generator, you will need a copper grounding rod (at least 8 feet long), copper grounding wire, hammers, wrenches, pliers, and wire strippers. Start by selecting a spot that is a safe distance away from your generator and within an area that is far away from seating areas, rest areas, toilets, walkways, etc., where people are not likely to walk.
Once you select the grounding location, start by driving the copper grounding rod at least 8 feet deep at a 90° angle. Next, you will want to strip between 8-12 inches from the copper wire and tightly wrap it around the grounding rod. Once this is secure, run the copper wire to the generator’s grounding bolt. Strip the wire so that you have sufficient exposed wire to secure it to the grounding bolt. Once attached, tighten the grounding bolt, and your system will be effectively grounded.
Finally, remember that only after your system is appropriately grounded should you turn on the generator. Turning it on before you confirm effective grounding is in place can result in serious injuries or wrongful deaths.
Are you wondering where to rent a mobile generator system? Contact Gen-Tech Power Generation Specialists at (800) 625-8324 to learn more about the generator systems we offer and the superior support and customer service we guarantee!