Seven Safety Tips for Backup Power Generation Systems
Backup power is essential when the power grid fails. Emergency responders depend on backup generators to keep power flowing to radios, computers, lights, water filtration equipment, and much more. When disaster strikes, it is crucial to stay focused on safety when setting up and operating backup power equipment. Failing to do so can result in disruptions, delays, and deaths. We offer backup power rentals that allow you to stay operational during adverse conditions. To ensure your backup power flows smoothly, the following are seven safety tips we recommend to clients using generators during an emergency situation.
- Shield the generator from the weather. You should shield your generator via a well-ventilated tent. It should never be placed indoors or in areas where it will be exposed to damage from rain, snow, or blowing debris.
- Cool the generator before refueling or servicing. Fuel spilling onto a hot engine can emit noxious fumes. If the engine is hot enough, it can cause the fuel to combust. Similarly, attempting to repair a hot engine, change filters, etc. can result in severe burns to the operator.
- Store fuel safely away from the generator. Always store fuel in an approved container. The fuel should be stored a safe distance from the generator in an area that is out of the path of both foot and vehicular traffic. Your fuel storage should be properly marked and identified so that it is easily visible to those in the vicinity.
- Use the appropriate extension cables. Extension cords are not created equal and you will want to use only cables that are designed to carry the load your electronics and machines require. It is also vital to inspect your cords for damage to the sheathing, wires, and plugs prior to connecting the cord to the generator.
- Keep your cords dry. Electrical shock is a common cause of injury when using portable power generation equipment. The best way to prevent it is to keep your cords dry and make sure that they are not running through puddles, snow, and other sources of moisture.
- Stabilize the surface. Always place your backup power generator on a sturdy, stable surface. It should never be placed directly on mud, snow, or ice. It is usually best to place it upon a platform set upon a spot that is higher than surrounding terrain. This will keep it off the ground and will help reduce the risk of water damage.
- Beware of backfeeding. Backfeeding is a serious risk in emergency situations and it is vital to use a manual transfer switch to prevent it if you plan to connect your backup generator to a structure. This isolates the generator from utility lines and helps keep linemen safe from injury or death.
We encourage you to contact Gen-Tech at (800) 625-8324 for more information about the backup power solutions we offer. It is our pleasure to help you identify, set up, and maintain the emergency power generation equipment you require.