Portable generators are
combustion engines. When used properly generators can provide an alternative
power source until conventional power is restored. However,
if not connected properly, severe injuries and or fatalities can
occur. If the electricity produced by the home generator follows
the electrical lines back to the transformer, and the current is
transformed to a higher voltage, the lives of any utility employees
working on the lines nearby are endangered. Anyone touching equipment
powered by the generator is also in danger.
can occur when the main electric power comes back on. A generator
connected to the existing electrical circuit could result in an
explosion and fire.
Direct installation of a generator to an existing
electrical system should only be done by a qualified technician
and approved by your electric supply authority. To be safe check
with your local hydro utility company.