How to Use a Generator for Emergency Backup

Commercial backup generators are specifically designed for industrial and commercial applications. For generators to convert energy into electricity, they use fuel. When a power outage occurs, the backup emergency generator rental will power on and begin to provide power.

Hurricanes and snowstorms can disrupt the power businesses need to operate fully. When this happens, having a commercial backup generator will provide welcome peace of mind for commercial property owners and businesses.

Fuel Types for Commercial Generators

Commercial backup generators use either gasoline, propane, natural gas, or diesel. There are pros and cons to each of these emergency fuel sources . While diesel fuel tends to be the most popular fuel for commercial backup generators because of its affordability, efficiency, and safety, natural gas is another popular choice.

Depending on the commercial backup generator’s primary use, it’s important to choose the right fuel source for your needs. When you need it the most, your choice of fuel sources will determine whether your generator will be able to run long enough to meet your needs.

General Usage and Safety Guidelines for Backup Generators

Always make sure you are following safety guidelines when operating a generator. Incorrectly operating a generator can cause harm and lead to dangerous situations:

generatorBackup generators should only be used when necessary, and only for powering essential equipment

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Article from the Boston Herald by

Mary MarkosLaurel J. Sweet Thursday, September 13, 2018

Emergency response is in the Brown brothers’ blood.

Both military men and fire­fighters, Bob Brown of Andover and his brother Shane of Stoneham are sending trucks from their family-owned oil company to the Carolinas filled with fuel ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Bob has seen firsthand the devastation left behind by hurricanes. He was serving in Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7, stationed in Gulfport, Miss., when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005.

“I saw how important fuel is in an emergency like that,” Bob said. “You don’t realize how important fuel is — having a steady flow of fuel to support and continue the rescue operation. … I’ve always been drawn to emergency response and providing for emergency situations like that.”

When the Browns heard about Hurricane Florence, they got eight of their trucks prepped for hauling, filled them with gas and diesel fuel and have four now en route to the Carolinas in coordination with FEMA. Another four are ready to go if they are called on.

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HAVERHILL, MA. – SEPTEMBER 12: Shane Brown, Director of Emergency Response for Broco Oil at the company headquarters on September 12, 2018 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Patrick Whittemore/Boston Herald)

Shane, a Cambridge firefighter, also serves as a U.S. Army Reserve firefighter, but helped his brother organize the initiative.

“When something like this comes up, when people need help and you can do it, it’s really a no-brainer,” Shane said. “At the end of the day we can hang up our hat and know we made a difference.”

Last year, they offered up their trucks for hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well.

The fuel trucks are staged around priority facilities, such as hospitals, and when the power goes out they keep those facilities up and running. They also travel with rescue response teams to fuel their vehicles as they move through disaster zones.

FEMA will reimburse operational costs, but the Browns foot the bill for expenses, food, lodging and fuel to and from the site.

“I didn’t even inquire about (reimbursements) last year, I just sent them down to help,” Bob said. “It’s not one of those situations where you say, ‘What’s covered, how much money is it for us to go down,’ the mentality should be, OK, whatever you need, we’ll provide.”

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