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No season in Texas is safe from severe weather. And when one of those destructive storms rolls through our area, lines can go down and members can lose power—sometimes for an extended period.
During an outage, some folks rely on portable generators while power is being restored. If you use a generator, do you know enough about it to operate it safely?
The safety of our members and our employees is a top priority at Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative, especially during dangerous times. When storms hit our area, we rush to restore power as soon as conditions allow.
Our line crews take necessary precautions before they work on downed power lines, taking care to ensure that a line is de-energized before working on it. But even after these measures, an improperly connected generator can put our workers’ lives at risk.
TVEC is proud of our outstanding safety record, but sometimes, no matter how many steps we take to keep everyone safe, the very people we are there to help unknowingly put our lives—and their own—in danger.
Portable generators can prove fatal to lineworkers when used improperly. A generator connected to a home’s wiring or plugged into a regular household outlet can cause backfeeding along power lines and electrocute anyone who comes into contact with them—even if the lines seem dead.
TVEC employees are not the only ones in danger when a portable generator is used improperly. Those who operate generators improperly risk being electrocuted, starting fires, damaging property or being poisoned by carbon monoxide. Portable generators can be very helpful during outages. But it is imperative that you follow these safety guidelines when using one:
We encourage you to protect the well-being and safety of your family during outages and safeguard those who come to your aid during emergency situations. When we work together for safety and the good of our communities, we all benefit.