Written by Larry Cook

Generators as Backup Electricity

A generator is a device that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy for use in an external circuit. The source of mechanical energy may vary widely. The most popular generators used today are internal combustion engines. Generators provide nearly all of the power for electric power grids.

During a severe storm homes and businesses may lose electricity.  This is when having a generator is a great asset!  . Losing power is very dangerous  especially for hospitals and places that provide health care care and where people  need electricity for oxygen machines. These centers also need to keep their climate  and  temperature for safe and comfortable. A generator will prevent refrigerated food from spoiling. In addition, it keeps your home safe and secure, since you’ll be able to have your lights and security system on when you use your generator.

Don’t forget that generators need to be used with respect and care. They run on gas, so they need to be placed in a safe place with proper ventilation. Generators emit carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas that can cause a health hazard that can quickly lead to death if the levels become too high. This is why a generator should never be used inside the home or any other closed space. A dry, well ventilated place outside is the safe way to use a generator.

If you are going to use a generator, it is recommended that you get one or more carbon monoxide alarms installed in your home. This will sound an alarm if the carbon monoxide from the generator enters your home.

Store gas for the generator outside locked in a shed away from your home. Do not store a generator in a garage or basement since vapors can be released that could cause a health hazard and could cause an explosion or fire.

When you need to put more gas in the generator,  let it cool off first.

Gasoline and vapors can catch on fire if they come in contact with an electrical spark. Always choose safety first when using a generator.

If you are interested in purchasing a generator and getting it installed safely and properly, please  call or contact Cook Electric today for  more information at 410-266-9040 or 1-800-966-8812.

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