What to do, what is forbidden to do and for what it is important to strictly observe when working with a generator
A generator is an indispensable tool for those who work in the field, away from electrical infrastructure – but it is very important to operate it correctly. Incorrect operation of the generator can lead to property damage and in some cases even to physical damage and even death. So read this guide carefully, and follow the simple rules that will keep you, your employees, and your equipment safe!
- Check-in evidence that the generator is intact-there are no broken or loose parts and there are no torn wires. Check-in evidence that the generator is intact – No broken or loose parts and no torn wires. Be sure to strengthen screws, clean or wash before operating, and according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Place the generator stably on a straight and horizontal surface. Remember that the generator is shaking by nature and may move a little while working, Be sure to place it so that there is no danger of falling or turning over. Never turn on the generator when it stands on the side or upside down – this can cause the destruction of the engine!
- Ensure proper grounding to the generator according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Make sure that the generator does not stand in water or around objects that can be sucked into the engine. It is better to protect the generator from sand and dust, the penetration of which to prevent can damage it.
- Place the generator in a well-ventilated area-the generator is powered by an internal combustion engine that emits toxic gases. Placing the generator in a properly ventilated area can cause toxic gas buildup that damages the generator and can even cause workers to harm, to the point of death!
- Check that there is enough oil and that there is fuel in the fuel tank. Never fill up fuel when the generator is working! In generators that have a gasoline engine, it is recommended to inanimate the engine at the end of the work by closing the fuel tap. So there is no fuel left in the carburetor Cup that breaks down over time and may clog the damper.
- The generator propulsion will do when not connected to a power tool or any other power consumer. Pull Chuk (only if the engine is cold, otherwise you may cause the engine to overflow with fuel). And start the generator (manually or with an electric starter, depending on your generator). Wait a few seconds for the engine to stabilize, then close the chock. Now it is possible to connect current consumers.
- Be sure to connect the power tool to the generator with a suitable power extension cable – do not use a cable classified as 10A to operate tools that need high current – And it is better to use a cable that combines built-in thermal protection. Before use check that the cable is normal, and there are no cuts in the protective layer. While working, make sure that no knots are formed in the cable and that it is not crushed – these two can cause the cable to overheat, which will create a fire hazard. It is mandatory to layout an extension cord along its entire length to prevent its heating when rolled up on the drum.
- Do not admire the generator, and especially do not connect and disconnect electrical connections, with wet hands or when you do not wear shoes with an insulated sole, to reduce the danger of electric shock.
- In generators with an electric start-up, it is recommended to disconnect the battery after the end of work if it is supposed to pass a long time until the next use. There is an option to use an automatic charger while the generator is not in use to maintain battery readiness for work.
- Be sure to know what intervals of treatments are recommended in your generator and take care of it accordingly, ensuring proper operation and an optimal life for your generator!
- It is important to ensure that the generator is designed for your type of work and therefore choose the type of generator for the type of work.