Power to the people – with caution

Spurred by the increasing number of power failures and rolling blackouts in recent times, the popularity of portable generators has grown exponentially.

Landlords, shopkeepers and homeowners are increasingly using them to power lights and security systems, cooking appliances and refrigerators, especially during the winter months.

However, notes Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group, along with access to emergency power comes great responsibility for ensuring that the use of petrol and diesel-powered generators does not harm anyone in your home or neighbourhood.

Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, he says measures to ensure the safe use of a generator include:

  • Setting it up in a dry, well-ventilated area outside, away from any air intake into your shop or home – not a closed shed, garage or basement. Opening doors and windows or operating fans does not prevent deadly carbon-monoxide (CO) gas from building up in a room where a generator is running;
  • Storing the fuel for the generator in appropriate metal containers away from wood, plastic and other flammables – and away from the generator itself and any other possible ignition source such as a stove;
  • Test-operating the generator once a week for 15 minutes or so to ensure it will work when needed;
  • Keeping the generator maintained and serviced – the oil and filters should be changed at least once a year; and
  • Being considerate of your neighbours with regard to the hours of operation, given the noise associated with most generators (90 to 95 decibels).

Issued by Chas Everitt International
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Article by: www.chaseveritt.co.za