If you're considering using a generator to keep your power supply running through outages or maintenance jobs, here's some things you'll need to know:
- Contact a licensed electrical contractor (try Master Electricians) to discuss alternative power supply options, including generators.
- If you have your own generator, or plan to hire one, contact a licensed electrical contractor to connect it to your property.
- If you plan to hire a generator, here's a handy list of generator suppliers.
General safety tips
A portable generator can be useful during power outages, particularly in storm season, but it’s safe use requires care and planning.
- Don't plug a generator directly into a home's wiring. Power from a generator connected to a home's wiring will 'back feed' into powerlines, potentially causing a safety hazard for you, your family, neighbours, and Energex workers, and causing possible damage to your generator when power is restored.
- Appliances can be plugged directly into the generator but always read the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
- Use a heavy-duty extension cord rated for outdoor use.
- Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations for earthing the generator.
- As petrol and diesel-powered generators produce deadly carbon monoxide fumes, always run portable generators outside the house - never inside or in a garage. Keep generators well away from open windows - including your neighbours' - so deadly exhaust does not enter the home.
For more detailed safety information on how to use a portable generator, visit the Electrical Safety Office.