Although most power outages are short-lived and don't require auxiliary power, some customers use portable electric generators for this purpose. To ensure your safety, the safety of those around you, and the safety of Santee Cooper line technicians, portable electric generators should be operated according to strict guidelines.
- Always follow manufacturer's instructions completely.
- Never connect a portable generator to existing house wiring. It could back feed on power lines and send electricity toward crews and risk serious or fatal injuries.
- Connect appliances directly to generator instead. Refer to owner's manual for specific instructions on load capacity, approved power cords, etc.
- Operate generators outside, as they emit harmful fumes and contain combustible fuel.
- Add fuel to the generator only when it is not running and has had time to sufficiently cool.
- Always properly ground generators before operating. Refer to owner's manual for specific instructions.
If you are a business owner and are interested in leasing a standby generator from Santee Cooper, check out our Standby Generator Program.