Is Your Mobile Generator Rental Ready For Bad Weather?
Blizzards, spring showers, and summer storms can cause significant damage to your mobile generator rental. As such, it is incumbent upon you to ensure your generator is secure and protected from the elements. If it is not, you run the genuine risk of damaging the generator, and worse, injuring or killing someone. Therefore, to ensure your generator is prepared for wind, rain, and snow, we recommend paying close attention to the following recommendations.
1. Position the Generator Under Cover
It’s advisable to position a mobile generator rental under protective cover. Steel or plastic enclosures are ideal, but pop-up canopies are usually sufficient. When doing so, ensure that there is adequate ventilation around the air intake and the exhaust and that the generator is not touching the enclosure. You will also want to ensure sufficient clearance to safely service and fuel the generator.
2. Take the High Ground
You should never position a mobile generator rental in a low-lying area. It is best to always position it on the highest ground possible. Should the area flood, this will give you the most significant protection. If high ground is unavailable, position the generator on a stable platform for a little extra height.
3. Level & Stabilize the Generator
Always confirm that the generator is level on all sides before initializing operations. It would be best if you used blocks, sandbags, etc., to get it perfect. You will also want to make sure that the wheels are chocked and that any brake systems on the generator or trailer are engaged.
4. Never Assume the Generator Is Safe
Whether it was a light rain or a thunderstorm, always assume your generator, cables, etc., have gotten wet. To prevent injury, always check cables, connections, and components to confirm that water has not compromised their integrity or your ability to use the generator safely.
5. Pay Attention To Your Fuel
Make sure that your fuel storage systems are adequately protected from moisture intrusion. It’s best to never use fuel that is compromised. If you are using the generator over an extended period, it’s advisable to have a fuel testing kit handy to confirm fuel integrity as your project progresses.
6. Don’t Use the Generator in Adverse Weather
High winds and rains are your cues to shut the generator down until the weather improves. Never attempt to operate a generator in conditions that could facilitate the spread of fire or electrocution.
7. Cool It Down Before Refueling
Never attempt to refuel a hot generator. Instead, always give it 10-15 minutes to cool down before refueling a mobile generator rental. It’s also a good idea to provide operators with respirators that they can wear during this process; this will help guard against potentially toxic fumes that spilled gasoline droplets can emit when they touch a warm engine.
We would love to tell you more about the mobile generator systems we offer. We invite you to contact Gen-Tech Power Generation Specialists to speak with our generator rental specialists!