Many rural residents use standby generators for extended outages. Proper use of a standby or portable generator is a must! A standby generator installation must have an approved double-throw transfer switch for two reasons:
So it does not allow electricity from the generator to flow back into the power lines. Without this 120/240-volt electricity may feed back to your transformer where it would be stepped up to 7,200 volts. This would put crews and anyone who assumes the line is de-energized in danger.
It protects your generator from damage when power is restored.
Always follow manufacturer’s instructions and/or contact your electrician or utility.
Under no circumstances should portable generators be used indoors even with ventilation. The primary hazards are carbon monoxide, toxic fumes, electric shock or fire.
Always follow the directions supplied with the generator.
Plug appliances directly into generator or use a properly rated outdoor extension cord.
Never try powering the house by plugging the generator into a wall outlet; known as backfeeding. This is extremely dangerous and puts lives at risk.
Red River Valley Cooperative Power Association has been delivering reliable electric energy to its member-owners since 1939 using technology and innovative services to meet the needs of agricultural, commercial and residential members alike.