Storm season alert: Prepare for power loss

07/02/2018

One of the most common after-effects of storms is power loss. Because of this fact, mobile generators are often an integral element of clean-up efforts and the rebuilding process after disaster strikes — providing the power necessary to run lighting, tools, fans, heaters and other essential equipment.

Summer time marks the start of hurricane season and the peak of tornado season, making it an ideal time to prepare your rental fleet for potential relief and clean-up efforts.

Fully stock supplies

Mobile generators are invaluable following a storm, and so are the fluids and filters that keep them operating in tip-top shape. Take inventory and fully stock essential supplies such as engine oil, fuel and air filters and lubricants in advance of storms. Even the most basic supplies are often difficult to gain access to after a storm. Stocking a surplus of the necessary fluids and filters will ensure mobile generators will operate effectively when needed most.

Properly size generator rentals to needs

Consult with customers to ensure their true power needs are being met through generator selection. It’s easy to forget, overlook or misjudge power needs in the aftermath of a storm. Add up amperage requirements and include an additional 10 to 15 percent to provide flexibility. Generators best suited to disaster clean-up efforts should have the capacity to run at least 24 hours at a time at 100 percent load.

Train on safe operation

Proper operation and safety guidelines should be clearly communicated to rental customers. Not only does this protect the individuals operating the machine, but also the equipment from damage caused by misuse or improper operation. In addition to standard safety instruction, these additional recommendations may apply following storm situations:

- Operate generators in well-ventilated areas.

- Keep generators and cables away from flammable materials and standing water.

- Close generator doors during operation to prevent storm debris and dust from collecting inside the machine where it can clog internal components and contaminate fluids.

 

Continue routine maintenance

The rebuilding process after disaster strikes often involves 24/7 operation of generators to power lighting, tools, fans, heaters and other essential equipment. Around-the-clock operation requires attention to the oil level in order to maintain proper lubrication and to cool the engine. Hour meters should be checked frequently to ensure routine maintenance intervals are not being missed or skipped.