Little River Electric’s number one priority is keeping our employees, members, families, and the public safe. Electricity is a wonderful thing but only when it’s used properly. It’s easy to take electricity for granted and forget how dangerous it can be. Caution is especially urged when using backup generators.
If you use a backup generator when electric service is interrupted, make sure you know how to operate it safely. Unsafe operation can threaten you, your family, neighbors, and even the linemen working to restore power. Unsafe installation or operation may also result in a lawsuit and your insurance may not cover your liability.
Follow these guidelines to make sure you are operating your generator safely.
- Temporary use generators should not be connected to the circuit breaker or fuse box.
- Permanently installed generators should be wired into your home by a qualified electrician, using a transfer switch that prevents potentially deadly back-feed.
- Generators should only be operated outside to prevent toxic and potentially deadly exhaust from entering a home.
- When refueling generators, allow the engine to cool to prevent a fire should the gas tank overflow.
- When starting a generator, disconnect all appliances that might be connected to it. That will not only protect them, but it will also prevent a fuse from being blown on the generator.
- An additional measure we take to keep our members, the public, and employees safe is through the assessment of damaged utility poles on our system. Little River takes pride in the reliability of the electric service that we provide to our members. Part of this can be attributed to our system-wide maintenance program, which includes an annual pole inspection completed on a 10-year cycle.
Poles deemed inadequate are replaced in a timely manner to ensure both electric service reliability and safety.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please contact us at (864) 366-2141.
Do you need to update your contact info?
In the event of a power outage, it’s important that Little River Electric has your correct account information.
Up-to-date contact information can potentially speed up the power restoration process during an outage.
If you have changed or added phone numbers, or your status has changed in any way, your co-op has four easy ways to update account information.