Diesel generators play a key role in business continuity, but it’s important to keep safety in mind when selecting and using a diesel generator.
What Are the Hazards of Diesel Generators?
Diesel generators pose several potential hazards, including
- fire risks and explosions due to fuel spills or leaks;
- electric shock due to faulty wiring;
- carbon monoxide poisoning due to poor ventilation; and
- noise pollution due to lack of soundproofing.
Additionally, since diesel engines run on high-combustion fuel, they give off fumes which can be hazardous if not properly vented. It is extremely important for businesses to take the necessary steps to ensure that their diesel generators are being used safely.
Here are our top things to consider to safely operate your diesel generator:
Choose the Right Generator
When selecting a generator, make sure it is adequately sized for your needs so you don’t overload it. If your generator is too small for your power requirements, it will be working too hard and could cause damage or even lead to an outage. At Shanahan Power, we help you with choosing the right power solution for your business.
Ensure Proper Installation
Having your generator installed and commissioned by a qualified professional who is trained by the manufacturer ensured that it is installed safely.
When we commission generators, our specialist engineers complete a process to ensure the safety and efficiency of the generator.
This process includes:
- Site inspection
- Power connections
- Visual inspection
- Safety function checks
- Mechanical inspection
- Load bank test
- Controls configuration
- Onsite noise and emissions test
- Fuel, coolant, and oil checks
- Simulated mains failure
Keep It Ventilated
Diesel generators produce carbon monoxide (CO) as part of their normal operation. In order to prevent this from accumulating and becoming dangerous, it must be vented properly and safely.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
It’s important to schedule regular maintenance checks on your diesel generator so that any potential problems can be identified before they become serious issues. Scheduling regular maintenance checks also helps ensure that the engine stays in good running condition which helps maximize efficiency and minimise wear-and-tear on components over time which can save money in repair costs down the road.