Hurricane Preparedness

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR STORM?

GT ELECTRIC PROVIDES 24/7 EMERGENCY SERVICES

GT Electric want to make sure our friends and family know they are priority one in emergency situations.  Please call us with your electrical needs and rest assured we will be standing by to help. 850-421-9002

Generators are on the forefront of everyone’s mind now as part of your preparation checklist.  Call us if you are interested in renting, buying, or need assistance getting your generator up and running.

The American Red Cross recommends asking a professional for help in choosing and setting up a generator. (http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/power-outage/safe-generator-use#What-size-generator-will-I-need-)

Please see these helpful hints from the Red Cross and proceed with cation.

  • If you want to permanently connect your generator to your home’s house wiring, have an electrician install a power transfer switch in accordance with the National Electrical Code® (NEC), which is published by the National Fire Protection Association, as well as all applicable state and local electrical codes.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
  • Keep these devices outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • The primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, and fire. Follow the directions supplied with the generator. (Learn more about carbon monoxide poisoning.)
  • Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. Known as “backfeeding,” this practice puts utility workers, your neighbors and your household at risk of electrocution.