Generators are a secondary source of electrical power that preserve the function of equipment in a wide variety of settings. During power outages, generators ensure the operation of industrial equipment, medical equipment, and the function of home appliances. For people with health-related disabilities who live at home, generators can preserve life by ensuring the function of medical equipment and the availability of basic resources.A generator can operate an oxygen condenser, heat a bedroom, provide lights, and enable someone in an electric wheelchair to reach a functioning refrigerator. Alternative sources of power can be critical when wide-spread power outages prevent the arrival of caretakers.
There are two basic kinds of generators: standby and portable. Standby generators are primarily used for equipment that requires a large, continuous supply of electricity. A standby generator does not require physical operation and is, by far, the best option for people who live at home with disabilities. Whole house generators come in four sizes, providing between 22-48 kilowatts of power. These generators are usually designed so that automatic sensors detect a disruption in power and activate the generator. Portable generators are physically smaller than standby generators and supply less power.A portable generator will power 18-36 circuits in a home's electrical panel.When a portable generator is used, the application of power must be carefully prioritized.!Safety is the first consideration in the selection of a generator.A licensed electrician should assess a home's power load and discuss requirements.All aspects of a standby generator's installation should be overseen by an electrician, including the transfer switch required to switch power from utility lines to the generator.
Portable generators emit carbon monoxide and should never be used in an enclosed space such as a garage. In order to avoid flash fires, a generator should be re-fueled only when it is cool.Portable generators should never be connected to home outlets. If directly connected to home wiring, a generator can cause death and property damage.