Backup Generators

Some members use backup or standby generators to provide power during outages. We need to know if you are using a backup generator because of safety hazards they can pose to line workers and to you. Be sure to have your generator installed by an electrician and be sure that it has a manual transfer switch to isolate the device from the power grid. If they are not properly isolated power can flow back to the power line, causing harm to the line workers. Also, if the circuits are not properly isolated this can cause the generator to overheat, which could lead to an electrical fire in your home. The most common isolation method is to install a double-throw, double-pole transfer switch. If you do not have a load transfer switch installed, plug appliances and lamps directly into the generator. Please be sure to notify us if you are using a backup generator.