Standby Electric Generators
An emergency source of power is important during a flood or other disaster for farms with critical equipment, such as bulk milk-handling and mechanical feeding equipment, mechanically ventilated production facilities, and brooders or other facilities requiring constant heat.
An alternative power source also is vital for homes to keep sump pumps running and the heating system working, particularly in areas that may experience power interruption.
A standby electric generator could prevent costly losses during a power failure.
TYPES OF GENERATORS
Standby generators are engine- or tractor-driven. They can be stationary or portable. Engine-driven models are equipped with a manual or automatic starter and, depending on the model, will run on gasoline, LP (bottled) gas or diesel fuel.
Here are some basic safety rules to follow when using a standby generator:
Do not operate the generator in an enclosed or partially enclosed space. Gasoline or diesel engines may produce deadly levels of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide can accumulate in a building even with a large door, such as an open garage door. Wind blowing into an attached garage can push the carbon monoxide into the house.
If you operate a generator in an enclosed building, you must use engine exhaust ducting to vent the engine exhaust outdoors and away from the building.
Choose a generator that provides the power at the same voltage and frequency as your power lines supply. Most power lines supply 120/240-volt, single-phase, 60-cycle alternating current to homes and farms.