Critical: Read your owner’s manual

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for people with home automatic generators to read their manuals and understand how to work their generators. Generator companies have to go into triage mode in huge outages supporting medical, communication and emergency support providers first and most likely will not be able to supply oil changes nor spend too much time on the phone providing instructions on how to turn On/Off generator, check oil, etc.

****This is not only for “mechanical” types to understand, as I had countless men and women, house keepers, property managers, office managers, elderly people scrambling to understand what to do. The reality is with such huge outages you may be on your own.

If you own an automatic home standby, please do this today so you’re ready for the next long outage:

1. Confirm you have working carbon monoxide detectors in buildings near a generator.
2. Know how to turn your unit OFF/MANUAL/AUTO.
3. Know how to check your oil. Be diligent to do it according to manufacturers recommendation.
4. Know how to add oil, and need be, change oil. Have an oil filter on hand. Understand if your generator is the type that needs coolant and have it in hand.
5. Know how to check your battery electrolytes. Know how to safely change your battery.
6. Understand when power returns your generator may run for 15 minutes in a cool down cycle.

Can’t find your manual? Google it, often they are easy to find. I have put the air cooled manual links in another blog posting below.

Don’t get creative, READ YOUR MANUAL for exact instructions as you are dealing with electricity.

I was very proud of many people who were forced out of their comfort zones and did an excellent job keeping their unit running throughout this long outage.
Generator technicians and support people were so grateful for the kindness extended during this exhausting outage.