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- 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.
- 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.
- Take Care When Fueling
Never try to refuel the unit while it is operating. Avoid spilling gasoline or other fuels on hot components.
- 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.