Have you ever lost all of your food or had a basement flood because the electricity is out and your refrigerator or sump pump will not work? If you are a business, have you ever lost critical data or missed a deadline due to an electrical outage? No matter the problem the solution is as simple as installing a backup generator for home use, a backup generator for commercial usage or a backup industrial generator. Not only are generators convenient, but they can save you money in the long-run. What is it worth to avoid a flood in your home or business and not have to deal with the clean-up and possible mold issues? A simple investment in a backup generator for your business can keep critical systems running and may be able to help you maintain production deadlines. What is it worth to avoid costly problems and the potential loss of a customer – not to mention the costs of having employees idle because there is no power?
Do I need a Portable Generator or a Standby Generator …and what is the difference?
Portable generators are exactly what the name indicates. They have wheels built into the system and are easy to move about. Portable generators produce less centricity than standby generators and normally run on gasoline or diesel fuel. If you are looking to simply keep the basic home or office essentials operating, these can be an affordable solution.
Standby Generators are permanently installed outside of your business or home and are wired directly to your electrical system. They normally run on natural gas or propane. You can purchase standby generators that automatically start and turn off as power is interrupted and then regained or you manually turn your generator on and off. We can provide you with information on a range of generators that will power some to all of your home electrical needs and most of your commercial/industrial applications too.
At DeLeonardis Electric we pride ourselves on helping you determine what the right generator is for your needs and wants. Next we will professionally install your generator and teach you what you need to do in order to operate it safely. We will discuss proper maintenance for your generator. This will include a scheduled starting of the generator as well as periodic maintenance. This will insure it is there when you need it.
DeLeonardis sells, installs and services all types of standby and portable generators in Rockland County, NY. We also sell and service generators in Orange County. Need a generator in Sullivan County? We can fulfill your needs no matter how large or small they may be. The hallmark of DeLeonardis Eclectic is quality products and prompt professional service all delivered at fair rates. If you are interested in discovering the right generator that best fits your need and an electrical contractor that will provide professional installation so that you and your family have back up electricity and are safe, we believe you will find Deleonardis Eclectic a valuable asset. Please give us a call today to discuss how we can install an emergency generator so that you will never have worry again when the power is interrupted.
Here are some safety tips that were developed by FEMA that list OSHA cautions pertaining to generators:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers the following cautions on the use of gas-powered generators and other tools:
Shock and Electrocution
- Never attach a generator directly to the electrical system of structure (home, office, trailer, etc.) unless a qualified electrician has properly installed the generator with a transfer switch.
- Always plug electrical appliances directly into the generator using the manufacturer’s supplied cords or extension cords that are grounded (3-pronged). Inspect the cord to make sure they are fully intact and not damaged. Never use frayed or damaged extension cords.
- Keep a generator dry; do not use it in the rain or in wet conditions. If needed, protect a generator with a canopy.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Never use a generator indoors or in enclosed spaces such as garages, crawl spaces, and basements.
- Make sure a generator has three to four feet of clear space on all sides and above it to ensure adequate ventilation.
- Be cautious when using a generator outdoors to ensure it is not placed near doors, windows, and vents could allow CO to enter and build up in occupied spaces.
- If you or others show symptoms of CO poisoning (dizziness, headaches, nausea, tiredness) get to fresh air immediately and seek medical attention. Do no re-enter the area until it is determined to be safe by trained and properly equipped personnel.
- Generators become hot while running and remain hot for long periods after they are stopped. Generator fuels (gasoline, kerosene, etc.) can ignite when spilled on hot engine parts.
- Before refueling, shut down the generator and allow it to cool.
- Gasoline and other generator fuels should be stored and transported in approved containers that are properly designed and marked for their contents, and vented.
- Keep fuel containers away from flame producing and heat generating devices (such as the generator itself, water heaters, cigarettes, lighters, and matches). Do not smoke around fuel containers.
Noise and Vibration Hazards
- Generator engines vibrate and create noise.
- Excessive noise and vibration could cause hearing loss and fatigue that may affect job performance.
- Keep portable generators as far away as possible from work areas and gathering spaces.
- Wear hearing protection if this is not possible.
The National Fire Protection Agency also gives these tips:
- Generators should be operated in well ventilated locations outdoors away from all doors, windows and vent openings.
- Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
- Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building.
- Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
- Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running.
- Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.
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