In previous posts we discussed the differences, advantages and benefits between generator and UPS systems to maintain business productivity through load shedding schedules. Should you wish to understand how best to structure your backup power system to ensure optimum business continuity click here.
Taking our advice, many of our customers use a combination of APC’s UPS with generator power to maintain productivity. If you are considering your options and discussing the possibility of installing a generator to support your UPS – we would like to share the following tips for operating your generator safely:
Generators emit toxic fumes and therefore should not be run indoors or in partly enclosed areas. Using a fan or opening doors and windows will not provide sufficient ventilation. Generators should only be used outdoors, away from windows, doors, vents or crawl spaces.
Ensure that your generator is on a level surface and won’t be exposed to excessive moisture, dirt, dust or corrosive vapours. This will extend the lifespan of the generator.
Fuel tips: Never overfill the tank as fuel expansion must be taking into account. Similarly always allow the generator and engine to cool before adding new fuel.
It is important to find out how much fuel can safely be stored on your premises under the terms of your insurance policy.
Never store a generator or its fuel near an open flame, spark or pilot light. This could obviously lead to an explosion and fire. This may sound common knowledge but location of the generator often causes otherwise avoidable problems.
Do not connect your generator directly to your business’ wiring or into a regular plug point. Connecting a generator directly can cause a fatal electric shock and possibly damage electrical devices or terminal machinery.
Enlist the services of a professional electrician to install your generator to ensure optimum function and minimise the risk of electrocution and damage to electrical devices. If being a legal requirement is not sufficient reason, all generator manufacturer warranties require installation by a qualified electrician.
During running time, allow at 1.5m of clearance on all sides of the generator for adequate ventilation and safe operation.
Inspect your generator regularly and make sure that it is regularly serviced as per the owner’s manual. If you have any concerns call the professionals.
Be careful not to overload the generator by connecting more devices than the output rating allows for. Having a System 5 technician analyse your power requirements is your first step toward making the best generator and UPS decision for your business.
Call System 5 today to find out more about backup power options to maintain productivity and protect critical systems during load shedding: 011 317 7120