You have signed the contract, and your generator is scheduled for delivery on “x” date at “x” time. That must mean you know everything you need to and are ready to start operating the mobile generator rental as soon as it arrives. This is a common belief among first-time clients, and it’s a potentially costly and deadly mindset to adopt. The reality is that mobile generators are complex machines with detailed operational and safety requirements. If you miss a step or make a mistake, the consequences can add up quickly. At Central Power Systems & Services, your safety and the preservation of our mobile generator rental fleet are top priorities, and we recommend avoiding the following mistakes.
- Don’t plug the generator directly into the wall.
- When it comes to things not to do, this is perhaps the most important. If you plug the generator directly into the wiring of a home or business, you run the risk of backfeeding into the power grid. This creates a significant hazard and danger of electrocution for utility workers and others connected to the grid. Not only can you cause severe injury or death, but you will also be held criminally liable for violating basic safety standards.
- Never use the generator indoors.
- Generators require effective ventilation and should be positioned outside and well away from areas where people work or gather. At a minimum, we recommend placing the generator no closer than 15-20 feet from buildings or combustibles, including materials, landscaping, etc.
- Don’t neglect the manual.
- Yes, generator manuals are long and complicated. Still, it’s necessary to understand how the system operates, required maintenance, and what to do if a system malfunction occurs.
- Don’t ignore the weather.
- Mobile generators produce electricity, and when it starts to snow or rain, the risk of electrocution is significant. Always keep a weather eye on the horizon and adjust your operations so that you are not using the generator in conditions that can endanger the health and safety of your personnel, event guests, etc.
- Don’t use the wrong extension cords.
- You are asking for trouble if you use cords that are too small, insufficiently rated, or in poor condition. Always confirm that your cords have the capacity and structural integrity required to safely deliver electricity from the generator to appliances, lighting, equipment, etc.
- Don’t ignore fuel storage.
- All fuel storage containers and fuel storage sites must comply with NFPA 30. This standard ensures the safe storage, handling, and use of flammable liquids. Always confirm your tanks are up to code and that your site is properly prepared before operating your generator.
- Don’t fuel it hot.
- If your fuel tanks run dry, don’t attempt to refuel until the generator has cooled down. The short time it takes is far shorter than the time it takes to put out a fire.
- Don’t let just anyone operate the generator.
- Bob may be a wizard with technology, and John might know everything there is to know about your operations, but are either properly trained to operate a mobile generator rental? Before you set up your generator, designate a finite list of individuals who will be tasked with operating and maintaining the generator. Invest the time and resources required to ensure they can perform the necessary tasks correctly and safely.
The Central Power Systems and Services team can help you identify the best mobile generator rental for your needs. We also offer the necessary technical, maintenance, and repair support you require. We encourage you to contact us at (816) 781-8070 to learn more about the equipment we offer and the services we proudly provide.