1. Know Your Generator
    Read all the information on installation, safety and maintenance, and follow instructions regarding maintenance and testing. When a generator is not properly installed, it can “backfeed” through the transformer and produce an output of 7,200 volts on the distribution line. As a result, a line crew working on the system would be put in danger.
  2. Isolate Your Generator
    Keep your generator away from the Co-op’s power lines. Connect appliances and other devices directly to the generator with the appropriate-sized cords. If you connect it directly to your building’s wiring, a transfer, double-throw switch is required to separate your generator from the co-op’s system.
  3. Take Care When Fueling
    Never try to refuel the unit while it is operating. Avoid spilling gasoline or other fuels on hot components.
  4. Provide Adequate Ventilation
    Give your generator adequate ventilation and air cooling to prevent overheating and the accumulation of toxic exhaust fumes. Do not install your generator in a basement or any closed area. Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, invisible, poisonous gas.