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Backup Generators


Notify us when you purchase a standby generator so we can be aware of your location. We also encourage you to have a licensed electrician install your generator. Portable Generator

Some members use backup or standby generators to provide power during outages. Craighead Electric needs to know if you are using a backup generator because of safety hazards they can pose to line workers and to you.

Be sure to have your generator installed by an electrician and be sure that it has a manual transfer switch to isolate the device from the power grid. If they are not properly isolated power can flow back to the power line, causing harm to the line workers. Also, if the circuits are not properly isolated this can cause the generator to overheat, which could lead to an electrical fire in your home.

The most common isolation method is to install a double-throw, double-pole transfer switch. If you do not have a load transfer switch installed, plug appliances and lamps directly into the generator.

Please notify us if you are using a backup generator.

How to Hook up a Standby Generator?(PDF)

How to Safely Operate a Portable Generator?(PDF)

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