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PUD 3 engineering staff is available to answer your questions about generator safety. Call Service Engineering at (360) 426-0888.
We have all grown accustomed to a life style which requires electricity. Seasonal storms in the Pacific Northwest make a generator very appealing as a back-up system.
However, it is important to know the do's and don'ts when using your home generator.
How big of a generator do you need? That depends on how many lights and accessories you want to keep running when the lights go out.
Generators are rated in watts. Begin by adding up the number of watts you need to feed and then factor in at least 50 percent more.
The wattage is listed on just about every electrical appliance in your house, although you may have to look behind the refrigerator or under the microwave to find it.
Here's what most people would consider a minimum survival package.
Note: Double the wattage listed on motors to accommodate the power draw during start up.
Someone in your household relies on electrically powered medical support equipment located in your home, such as a respirator or kidney dialysis machine.
Private wells and sump pumps
Your water comes from a private system. Without electricity, you have no water or your sewer or septic system requires a pump to operate.
You want to ensure that you won't lose any data if electrical power is interrupted. Your business has a complex system that takes a long time to bring up after a power interruption.
Your phone system requires electricity or your business requires 24-hour-a-day fax machine availability for receiving orders or communicating with clients.
You own a store which has no way to check out customers unless the electronic cash registers are working.
You're preparing your household for severe storms or earthquakes and would like to have electricity available in an emergency.
Farming & ranching
Your farm or ranch requires electricity to operate critical fans, pumps or milking machines.