Introduction to Emergency Generators
Standby generators are complicated, necessary, and awfully expensive.
This thing is as big and difficult as a locomotive, and almost as complicated. Even the authorized dealers and their “factory trained” technicians are afraid of it.
Very few understand these systems. Then to make matters worse, the generator is paired with an automatic transfer switch.
In many cases transfer switches are not even made by the generator manufacturer. They may be purchased items used to complete the system. As a result, generator company technicians can be unfamiliar with the transfer switch the company sells.
You are not supposed to know any of this. “Factory Authorized” does not equal competent. Your best move is to insist upon Fire code compliance.
NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems is your best defense.
Compliance with Fire code, is in fact, legally required.
Most municipalities and many states have adopted International Building Code and International Fire Code. These codes set standards for building construction and provisions for fire safety.
They are legally adopted almost everywhere. NFPA 110 is a part of IBC and IFC requirements just like NFPA 70, National Electric Code.
International Building Code and International Fire Code compliance is all about Life Safety. Code avoidance is all about money.
Engineering companies, contractors, vendors, and service companies are all about Profits.
Transfer Switch Sequence of Operation
I made a video as a training aid to explain the sequence of operation you can expect from your emergency power system during a utility disruption. When you know what to expect you are less likely to pay for unnecessary service calls.
Train your staff.
View and review this video until you are comfortable with your system.
If you have questions, e-mail me at email@example.com
Training for your Emergency Generator
I have conducted training seminars for health care organizations, federal and state surveyors, municipalities, fire departments, fire marshals, building inspectors, telecommunications, and private companies.
Let me design a generator workshop or webinar for your specific needs whether you are private or government, have one generator or many.
-Installation design and completion
-Survey of completed projects
I have made, many after-installation surveys. Building occupants Life Safety depends on effective emergency power. During an emergency, the generator provides the only source of electrical power for such essential equipment as fire pumps, smoke control, egress lighting, elevators, and communication.
When the generator fails to come on, people may not be able to get out of the building!
Reach out to me if you have any questions.
All information expressed by Standby Power Solutions, LLC or its officers is strictly the opinion of Standby Power Solutions, LLC.
Standby Power Solutions, LLC disclaims any liability for any personal injury, property, or other damages of any nature whatsoever, whether special, indirect, consequential, or compensatory directly or indirectly resulting from the publication, use of, or reliance on this website or any information derived thereof. Standby Power Solutions, LLC also makes no guaranty or warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of any information contained herein. Anyone using this website should rely on his or her own independent judgment, or as appropriate, seek the advice of a competent professional in determining the exercise of reasonable care in any given circumstances. ©2021 by Standby Power Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without express written permission.