Generator Use

Generator Use

Safe Generator Operation

Be aware of the potential hazards of electric generators. Electric generators can keep your lights and appliances running during power outages — but they can also pose serious safety hazards if operated incorrectly. To ensure the safety of your family, neighbors and Talquin Electric Cooperative employees, read and follow the safety, maintenance and testing instructions in the generator’s operating manual.

  • Never run an electric generator inside a building. Always insure proper ventilation and airflow around the generator.
  • Never add fuel to a generator while it is running. Avoid spilling fuel on hot components. Put out all flames or cigarettes when handling gasoline.
  • Always have a fully charged, approved fire extinguisher located near the generator.
  • Keep children away from generators at all times.
  • Do not overload the generator. It should be used only when necessary, and only to power essential equipment.
  • Use heavy-duty extension cords for the generator. Overloaded cords can cause fires or equipment damage. Do not use extension cords with exposed wires or worn shielding. Make sure the cords from the generator do not present a tripping hazard. Do not run cords under rugs where heat might build up or cord damage may go unnoticed.
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator itself. Connecting the generator directly to your home’s circuits or wiring must be done by a qualified, licensed electrician who will install a transfer switch that will keep the generator from feeding power back into the distribution lines. If that happens, the power crews working to restore your electric service could be put at risk. In addition, if your generator is still hooked up when the power is restored, your generator and your household electrical system may be damaged as well.
  • If interested in a GenerLink transfer switch, contact a Member Service Office to arrange purchase and installation of a unit for your home.
    • Purchase & Installation GenerLink™ 7.2kW/30 amp Switch: $699.95 plus applicable taxes
      • 20 or 30 amp 4 prong twist lock, 20′ connecting cord
      • Example of possible loads*: Refrigerator/freezer, lights, fans, radio, small TV, small appliances, well pump and window air conditioner
    • Purchase & Installation GenerLink™ 10kW/40 amp Switch: $899.95 plus applicable taxes
      • 50 amp 4 prong twist lock, 20′ connecting cord
      • Example of possible loads*: Refrigerator/freezer, lights, fans, radio, small TV, small appliances, well pump, some central air conditioners and water heater

*Combined loads will vary due to appliance demand. Rotation of appliances may be necessary due to starting wattage requirements and capacity of generator.  Start up loads will peak higher than continuous load.

For more information email or call a Member Service Office at (850) 627-7651.