Tips for Generator Usage During Power Outages
Posted: November 17, 2021
The Randolph Township Fire Official and Jersey Central Power & Light remind residents to take precautions when using generators during power outages.
To ensure the safety of residents as well as that of utility company employees who may be working on power lines in the area, the proper generator should be selected and installed by a qualified electrician.
At a minimum, such generators should be sized to support the operation of a furnace, refrigerator/freezer, and at least one light. If you have medical equipment or other special equipment in your home, those too should be able to work off of the generator. Many township residents have wells for their water; a more powerful generator is required to keep the well pumps operational. Improperly installed generators can malfunction, resulting in injury or even death.
Generators should be placed away from the structure, in a well-ventilated area and always have a working carbon monoxide (CO) detector in your home. The fire department receives many CO calls during storms, and often finds generators running in a dangerous location.