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Print Safety Checklist
for Portable
Generator

Yazoo Valley is concerned with safety in all phases of operation. As members of the cooperative, you can help in our safety program. Should you see a possible safety hazard, please report it to us immediately. Let us know if you see hanging or downed lines. If an object such as a CB or TV antenna falls, or is in danger of coming in contact with electric lines, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY!

PHONE NUMBERS:

AFTER HOURS: 1-866-484-4277

DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS:

 

YAZOO CITY:

1-662-746-4251

REDWOOD:

1-601-636-2205

TOLL FREE IN MS:

1-800-281-5098
E-MAIL:  info@yazoovalley.com

Avoid placing basketball goals, signs, birdhouses, antenna systems, construction equipment, or any other item near our facilities or equipment. Such items hinder reliable electric service and are a hazard to our employees, you the member and the general public. 

If you plan to use a portable generator:

  • Never connect directly to your home's wiring unless through a transfer switch. This can energize power lines, endangering our workers.
  • Connect appliances to the generator. Operate your generator outdoors, NOT in a garage, carport or storage room. And always read the instruction first.
  • Use your portable generator outside to avoid dangerous exhaust fumes.
  • Generator must be connected to your home through a transfer switch. Transfer switches should be installed by a qualified electrician in compliance with all local and national codes.
  • Be sure the generator you have selected has ample capacity to supply the lighting, appliances and equipment you plan to connect. Consult an electrician for assistance if needed.
  • Purchase your portable electric generator from an established dealer who can provide service and maintenance if needed.
  • Read the manufacturer's instructions thoroughly.
  • Do not operate your generator while standing in wet conditions. This could cause an electrical shock to anyone who comes in contact.
  • For personal safety, make sure your generator is grounded so it does not become electrically charged.
  • Only connect appliances directly to a portable generator. Do not connect the generator directly to the wiring system in your home or other building through outlets or your meter. This may damage your wiring system or back feed electricity endangering utility workers restoring you line.
  • Do not attempt to fill the generator's fuel tank while it is operating as the gasoline may ignite.
  • Do not tamper with engine speed adjustment. This could cause overheating and cause a fire.
  • Have a charged fire extinguisher nearby as a precaution.