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Generator Safety

Many people neglect safety when it comes to operating portable generators.  In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the misuse of the portable power sources killed at least five people and sickened dozens more after Hurricane Katrina.

Safety is our goal with our daily routines, and we hope to inform our members to keep them safe while operating portable generators.  With doing so, we can ensure the safety of our line workers who are working to restore electricity as quickly allowed while following all safety procedures.

***  Portable generators hooked up incorrectly can back-feed electricity through the WCEC transformers and inject up to 15,000 volts to an unsuspecting line worker.  ***

There are several ways of connecting a portable generator to your distribution panel.  Below, we list the appropriate ways, along with ways generators should NOT be connected.

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