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Generator Safety

GeneratorFollow these simple guidelines and assure yourself a safe experience with your power generator:

  • Be careful that all necessary electrical grounding procedures are followed during each and every use. Improper grounding can be fatal.
  • Do not operate the generator near flammable substances that could result in a possible explosion.
  • Several parts of the generator may become extremely hot during and for some time after operation. Keep combustible materials well away from the generator.
  • Always operate the generator in a well ventilated area. Never operate a generator indoors.
  • Inspect all wiring and/or extension cords from the generator to the connected devices. Damaged or worn out cords can lead to a possible fire or electrical shock. Replace any damaged or worn cords immediately.
  • Do not operate a generator in rain or damp areas or with wet hands. This could lead to the operator suffering a severe electrical shock.
  • NEVER connect a generator directly to your home wiring system, unless you are using an approved electrical transfer / disconnect switch. This type of switch should only be installed by a licensed electrician.
  • When using extension cords outdoors, use only extension cords marked "For Outdoor Use."

Santee Electric Cooperative offers financing for the purchase of emergency backup generators! Power-On-Call provides for purchases up to $1,500 with no interest, up to 12 months with approved credit.

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