GENERATOR SAFETY

Generator

You can use a portable generator to supply electricity to your appliances if an emergency exists during a power outage. But if used improperly they can KILL you and the people who are restoring power. They can also damage the appliances you connect to it.

NEVER try to power a house by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as "backfeeding." This is an extremely dangerous practice that presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same utility. It also bypasses some of the built-in household circuit protection devices.

Double-Pole, Double-Throw Switch Diagram

WARNING:
If you connect a portable generator to the main electrical supply coming into the house, the electrical generator could feed back into your electric cooperative's system and electrocute workers who are repairing the power lines. To avoide back-feeding of electricity into electrical systems, you must have a qualified, licensed electrician install a double-pole, double-throw transfer switch (see illustration) between the generator and utility power in compliance with all state and local electrical codes (a minimum of 10-guage wire must be used). Your generator might not be large enough to handle the loads of all the lights, appliances, TV, etc. at one time. To prevent dangerous overloading, it's best to get a qualified electrician to calculate wattage requirements correctly.

ALAMO HEADQUARTERS

26 W. Railroad St
Alamo, GA 30411
1-800-342-1290
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2337 U.S. 441 S.
Dublin, GA 31021
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193 E. Oak St.
McRae-Helena, GA 31055
1-800-342-1290
Closed 12:30-1:30 PM

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