As we go into the month of May, NFPA is recognizing May as Electrical Safety Month . It’s not only important to be safe around electricity but it is also important that you review your organization continuity plan for backup power. The ability to operate and perform key functions is vital to your organization’s success.  How long can your organization be without power before it begins to adversely affect your data information recovery?
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In less than a month we will be entering hurricane season which can produce major damage to electrical power lines and this concern is not only for communities along the coast. As storms make landfall they can produce severe storms including tornados. You should also review your Family’s Preparedness Plan in case your community loses power. If your plan includes the use of a Portable Generator here are a few basic safety tips:
- Read all manufacture safety and user manuals
- Have a licensed electrician inspect and recommend necessary requirements prior to connecting your portable generator into your household wiring
- Connecting your generator into your household wiring can cause a back feed onto the power lines. The back feed can be increased by the transformer which can produce enough voltage to injure or kill a utility linesman making repairs on the line.
- Never use a generator inside your home or in an attached garage.
- Never re-fuel generators while they are operating