Three Ways To Ensure A Hired Generator Keeps Your Business Running During Bad Weather

Summer days in Queensland are just around the corner, and that means heat, sunshine, and nasty summer storms. You have not been running your new business for very long, but you already know you need to be prepared for power loss that comes during violent thunderstorms. Hiring a generator is the perfect way to make sure the refrigerated stock in your business remains cold. By learning about generator use now, these four tips on how to safely and effectively this device means you can hit the ground running when the lights go out.

Generator location

The most important rule you must know before beginning use of a generator is that it must never be used inside a building. The reason for this vital location information is because generators can give off an odourless gas called carbon monoxide as part of its exhaust fumes while running. Carbon monoxide kills people who breathe it in as little as five minutes.

Therefore, when the generator is running, it needs to be located outside the building. Out the back works fine since it doesn't expose passers-by to the fume when it is running. Additionally, install a carbon monoxide detector in your business now to make sure any fumes coming into the building are quickly detected.

Fuel location

Fuel is needed to run the generator, but again, if you store the fuel in the wrong place, you expose your business to a fire risk. Make sure the fuel is stored in an appropriate container. For example, fuel should never be kept in glass containers due to its fragility.

Keep the fuel well away from the generator while it is running, so that the heat from the generator doesn't accidentally ignite the fuel.

Avoid back feeding

When the generator is running, you plug the appliance into it that requires power. If you cannot plug the appliance directly into the generator due to distance, then you run a heavy-duty extension power cord from the generator to the appliance.

Never, ever plug the generator into the wall outlet of your business in an attempt to put power directly into the wiring. This process is called back feeding, and when you do it, you put everyone in the building at risk of electrocution.

If you need further instruction on how to safely use a generator, make sure to ask plenty of questions from the hire company. The more you know before you hire the generator, the faster you can power up your appliances. For more information, contact companies like Total Generators.