PSE&G: Improperly Installed Portable Generators Can Be Dangerous!

PSE&G: Improperly Installed Portable Generators Can Be Dangerous!

We all know that storms can cause the power to go out. If you are one of the many people who choose to use a portable generator for power, be sure it is installed and operating properly. Otherwise, there could be a serious or even deadly consequences, not only to you but to utility crews working outside. The danger comes from back feed. What is back feed?

It’s a surge of electricity from the generator that travels through the building’s wiring and back into nearby power lines. To stop back feed ALWAYS disconnect the wiring that goes from the building to PSE&G utility lines. If utility workers are working on those lines, the electricity could hurt or kill them.

There’s another reason to disconnect the main wiring to the power lines. If you don’t, the generator could be damaged when the power comes back on and passes through the unit.

To be safe when using a portable generator, keep these things in mind:

*Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Portable generators should always be installed outdoors, never in a basement or garage.

*Contact licensed electricians to connect the generator. They can also install the transfer switch that disconnects your wiring system from PSE&G’s power line. Transfer switches require an electrical permit and an electrical inspection.

*Throwing the main circuit breaker does not always work. You should have a transfer switch.

*Portable generators should always be located far away from utility lines.

*Never plug a generator directly into a wall outlet to power an entire house. Usually, they are connected to an appliance or piece of equipment by an extension cord.

*Please note that PSE&G does not sell or install portable generators.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from a recent pamphlet that PSE&G sent out to its customers, and I give them full credit for the information. I think that this is very important for people to know.


About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to PSE&G: Improperly Installed Portable Generators Can Be Dangerous!

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please consult with an electrician before installing a portable generator.

    Liked by 1 person

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