Portable generators are useful when a power outage occurs or temporary/remote power is needed. If you purchase a generator, please notify our office so we can update your account with information related to your generator and its potential use during a power outage.
Be sure to Connect Your Generator Safely. Adding a generator to the electrical system of your home or business requires a transfer switch to disconnect the electric load from Ohop Mutual’s electric distribution grid. This is a safety regulation of the National Electrical Code as well as Ohop Mutual, for two very good reasons:
- It prevents the back flow of electric current into our distribution lines during a power outage, which could seriously injure or kill linemen working to restore power.
- It prevents potential damage to the generator when regular electric service has been restored.
Other Items to Remember
- Do NOT run a generator in a basement, inside your home, in a garage or other enclosed area. The Fumes from the generator can be lethal to occupants.
- Be Cautious around wet conditions as your body can become a path to ground and cause a fatal shock.
- Do NOT shut-off the generator while it is under Electric load.
- Do NOT store fuel near the generator.
- Do NOT re-fuel a generator when it is running or still hot.
- For more information on Using a Generator Safely, see the OSHA Fact Sheet: Using Portable Generators Safely (PDF)