Generator Safety

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Electric generators can help you in many ways during a power outage. That’s good news in winter when the potential for ice- and snow-related outages rises. Generators can run a refrigerator, keeping food from spoiling, operate life-sustaining equipment, run a small heater and allow you to have some lights.

Overcoming Mother Nature’s wrath with such a machine is nice, but it’s crucial to hook up the generator correctly and handle it with care.
Keep these safety tips in mind if you will be installing a generator:

  • Install your generator outside under cover of a weather shield, like a vented shed. Most units use the type of gasoline used in a lawnmower, which when burning fuel emits deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
  • Store gasoline safely. Many generators have tanks as big as five gallons. But because power outages aren’t frequent, there’s a good chance the gas in your machine will go bad between uses.
  • Hire a licensed electrician to install the generator and a transfer switch (also called a double-pole/double-throw switch). Improper installation can send electricity from your generator onto utility power lines, energizing wires that line workers believe to be out of service. A GreyStone lineworker unaware of the situation could be killed.
  • Buy a generator with enough capacity to run the appliances you will need during an outage. If you plan to operate expensive equipment like a computer, double-check with your dealer to make sure the generator can safely power sensitive electronics.
  • Do business with a company that has a good reputation and offers a warranty.

Downed Power Lines

During high winds, electric lines can be torn down by limbs and trees. Any dangling line or lines on the ground can be deadly. All downed lines should be considered live. Call GreyStone’s office at 1-866-GREYSTONE (473.9786) to report a downed line, outage or any hazardous situation. GreyStone crews will be on the job 24 hours a day.

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