Safe Generator Placement: What to Know
Commercial generators enable businesses to run smoothly even in the event of a power outage. However, if they are not installed correctly, they can present safety hazards to both personnel and important business equipment. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when determining safe generator placement and operating your industrial generator.
Run Generator Outdoors
Generator exhaust contains carbon monoxide (CO), which is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. Carbon monoxide is very poisonous and can kill a healthy adult in approximately five minutes. When a generator is placed in an enclosed room, CO
accumulates and can cause suffocation or even death. With this in mind, it is advised that generators be placed outside, and their fumes should be directed away from building openings. Most manufacturers recommend that you place your power system approximately 20 feet away from your business building. You should also install a carbon monoxide detector...