How does my generator not feed power back to the power lines when it is running, so it does not hurt a lineman?

Individuals are advised to not obtain a standby generator and install it themselves for the fact that not carefully installing the generator can result in power feeding back into the power lines. This is referred to as “back feed” and it is very dangerous for line workers.

Back feeding is a very harmful situation. If a generator is not properly connected to electrical wiring, “back feed” can be produced. This is a very dangerous current that can electrocute you or others. What happens is “hot” power lines are generated. The linemen working on the line expect it to have no power running through it. If there is power running through a line they expect to be de-energized, then they could be critically injured.

Standby generator installers know exactly what to do to avoid back feed from occurring so that linemen can safely work on power lines. One of the components of a safely working generator is a double throw transfer-switch. This switch can prevent dangerous back feed.

An experienced generator installer will ensure this switch and all components are integrated into the unit so that it will safely operate. What is very important to everyone is that you have a standby generator that will give you peace of mind when you are dealing with a power outage. You certainly don’t want to have to worry about whether or not your generator is going to cause back feed and fatally injure someone. This fear could actually be a deterrent to buying a generator when, in all reality, that fear can be eliminated through professional installation. Many individuals throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, and all of the Twin Cities are using standby generators to provide them with emergency power when the power goes out and they are doing so successfully and safely.

Here are some safety reminders when it comes to using generators:

  • Make sure your monitor is properly operating by monitoring it and having generator maintenance performed on a regular schedule.
  • Never attempt to repair your generator on your own. Only a qualified serviceman should take care of repairs.
  • Don’t touch or try and alter any of the safety devices on the generator. They are there to keep you and your property safe.
  • Don’t touch the engine parts during operation because they are very hot.
  • Make sure children stay away from generators at all times.

When you have a properly installed generator and follow the above safety tips, you can ensure the safety of yourself and anyone in the vicinity.