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Standby Generators: Make sure yours has a transfer switch


f you rely on a standby generator to energize your home during a power outage, please make sure it has a transfer switch installed prior to operation.


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Without this important safety enhancement, you are violating the National Electrical Safety Code, and risking the lives of others.


“Removing a meter and plugging a generator into a meter socket is no longer acceptable," explains Dennis Krueger, Kiwash Electric Cooperative general manager. "It is an electric code violation.”


Generators that aren't properly wired into the home can back feed electricity on Kiwash Electric lines and electrocute


How a Transfer Switch Works


Standby generators should have a transfer safety switch installed by a professional. An approved generator transfer switch keeps your home circuits separate from the electric co-op, and prevents power from back feeding on to co-op lines.


co-op crew members— or anyone coming into contact with electric lines.


A transfer switch prevents this from happening by isolating the new, temporary power source from the main power lines feeding your home.


Make sure your standby generator is properly installed and in compliance with the national electrical code by hiring a qualified, licensed electrician to install it.


For questions about your generator, or other electrical safety tips, please visit the Kiwash Electric website at www.kiwash. coop, or call us at 888-832-3362.


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Generator Safety Tips:


• Portable generators should never be plugged directly into a home outlet or electrical system—use an extension cord to plug appliances into an outlet on the generator. Standby generators require a transfer switch.


• Never operate a generator in a confined area, such as a garage. Generators produce gases, including deadly carbon monoxide. They require proper ventilation.


• Generators pose electrical risks, especially when operated in wet conditions. Protect the generator by operating it under an open, canopy-


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like structure on a dry surface where water cannot form puddles or drain under it. Always ensure that your hands are dry before touching the generator.


• When you refuel the generator, make sure the engine is cool to prevent a fire, should the tank overflow.


• There should be nothing plugged into the generator when you turn it on. This prevents a surge from damaging your generator and appliances.


• Keep children and pets away from the generator, which could burn them.


Kiwash Electric Cooperative promotes local festivals, rodeos, fairs and other events in our monthly newsletter, the Kilowatt. Calendar listings are free.


Please send details to: Lisa Willard, Kiwash Electric, PO Box 100, Cordell, OK 73632, or send e-mail to: lwillard@kiwash.coop. Please send event listings by the 10th of the month prior to publication.


If you have questions about submitting a event, or need to speak with a Kiwash representative about other matters, please call 888-832-3362, or visit www.kiwash.coop.


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