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    07 Jun, 2023
    Posted by Yamile Carpio
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    Safety Guidelines to consider this Hurricane Season

    Triton Power, a leading global manufacturer of diesel generators, is here to assist homeowners and businesses in preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.

    Hurricane season spans from June 1 to November 30, with the peak typically occurring from mid-August to late October. This year, forecasters and scientists are predicting an active hurricane season, making it even more imperative for businesses to be prepared and exercise safety. The Atlantic region is expected to experience approximately 14 named storms and 7 hurricanes in 2023.

    During a tropical storm or hurricane, power outages are common due to strong winds, heavy rains, and structural damage to the electrical grid. Homeowners and businesses located in hurricane-prone areas are urged by Triton Power to have a backup generator professionally and permanently installed. A properly sized generator will keep all appliances and machinery working as usual during a power outage and is the safest option.

    If a portable gas or diesel generator is used, the following guidelines will ensure human and facility safety while the generator is running:

    Set the generator in a suitable location: It is crucial to never operate a generator indoors, including inside garages or basements. Unless the unit is enclosed in a weatherproof cabin, it should be protected from the elements like rain or snow. Place the generator outdoors in a well-ventilated area, away from windows, doors, and vents. Generators emit carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas that can cause severe health issues or even death when inhaled in high concentrations.

    Install a transfer switch or use heavy-duty extension cords: A transfer switch allows you to directly connect the generator to the building’s electrical panel, eliminating the need for extension cords and ensuring a safe connection. If unable to install a transfer switch, utilize heavy-duty extension cords rated for outdoor use. The cord should be rated at least equal to the sum of the electrical load from each of the connected devices.

    Store fuel properly: Store an adequate supply of fuel in approved containers in a safe location. Keep the fuel in a cool place, away from the generator and any potential sources of fire, heat, or sparks.

    Manage the electrical load: Invest in a generator that meets all your power requirements or prioritize the use of essential appliances and equipment. Avoid overloading the generator by running too many devices at the same time, as it may cause it to shut down. Before connecting additional equipment, calculate its wattage to ensure it won’t exceed the generator’s capacity.

    Follow the manufacturer’s instructions: When in doubt, refer to the manufacturer’s safety instructions. This document should contain the basics of how to operate the generator, as well as the proper steps to perform maintenance, including checking oil and fuel levels and replacing filters and belts.

    Secure the generator to the ground: While larger commercial and industrial generators are designed to withstand winds up to 180mph, smaller units can move or tip over in high winds. Use chains or straps to anchor the portable generator to a solid structure or, if permanently installed, bolt it to a concrete slab.

    Triton Power is the largest independent manufacturer of commercial and industrial diesel generators in North America, South America, and the Caribbean. From mobile, standby, and prime diesel generators, we carry Tier 4 Final and EPA certified generators suitable for use within the United States, along with export generators suitable for hurricane-prone regions like the Caribbean. With an unparalleled inventory and a worldwide network of dealers, we are well-equipped to meet the diverse power needs of homeowners and businesses across various industries and regions.

    “Hurricanes have grown in strength and destructiveness in recent years, so residents and businesses in susceptible areas must be prepared for widespread power outages, invest in high-quality generators, and educate themselves on their safe operation,” states Eric Johnston, CEO of Triton Power. “We witnessed it last year with Hurricane Ian, which flooded and flattened entire neighborhoods in Southwest Florida.”

    At Triton Power, we specialize in manufacturing and distributing diesel generators utilizing only the highest quality components, including renowned brands such as John Deere, Cummins, Perkins, Volvo, Scania, and Yanmar. If you are seeking a reliable partner to provide your customers with efficient power solutions, you can contact us at 305-592-6300 or visit our website at tritonpower.com. 

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