Storm safety checklist for your fuel powered generator
- 14 February 2019
Massive thunderstorms are a way of life for many parts of Australia. They can be dangerous and potentially devastating to communities around the country, with Queensland and South Australia in particular taking the brunt of several storms in recent years.
There have also been tremendous heat waves felt along the Eastern seaboard, which can overwhelm the demand on the local electricity grid. With these factors in mind, it’s essential to have a backup power source available such as a portable power generator.
Portable generators are a reliable way to keep a business or household running in extreme conditions. They most commonly convert diesel fuel into the electricity used to power essential devices and communication lines. In a case of emergency, it’s essential that these generators are able to keep going even in the harshest conditions. If a freak storm hits, cuts power and the generator dies, you could be in real trouble.
The first step to ensure that your power generator continually runs smoothly is to keep the engine as clean as possible. Check the tank for leaks and remove old fuel that has been sitting in there for too long. Diesel fuel typically stays fresh in the tank for several months before becoming stale or be at risk of contamination. If you have a large amount of fuel that will be stored for a long while it can be treated with a biocide to keep it fresh.
Just like a car, you can extend the life of a generator that’s being kept in storage for a long time by periodically taking out and letting it run for a short period of time. It would also be a good idea at this stage to plug in a few devices to ensure the electrical circuits are still functioning properly If anything fails this is the perfect time to take the generator in for repair.
Make sure that you don’t overload the limits on the generator. This is clearly labelled on the machine and connecting too many energy-hungry devices to it can burn out the motor or even cause electrical damage to the devices themselves.
Of course, it should go without saying that you should only run a generator outside to keep people safe from the fumes, and that power leads running out from the generator should be tested regularly and never plugged directly back into the main power circuit.
No generator system can function without quality diesel fuel and that’s where Bulk Fuel Australia comes in. The team at BFA have the capability and know-how to deliver diesel fuel for generators to any location in the country, no matter how remote. Call Bulk Fuel Australia today to find out more.