Electrical Safety & Generators

  • When power lines are down, residents can restore energy to their homes or other structures by using another power source such as a portable generator

Generator Requirements

Generators installed to supply part or all of the consumer’s load during a power outage shall meet with a Representative from Graham County Electric Cooperative for approval and shall meet the following requirements:

  • The consumer’s generator shall be connected to the load through a double throw switch or automatic relays and switches shall disconnect the load from the Cooperative’s system before the generator is connected to the load
  • When the Cooperative’s system is re-energized, the generator will be disconnected from the load before the load is reconnected to the Cooperative’s system

If it is necessary to use a portable generator, manufacturer recommendations and specifications must be strictly followed.

  • If there are any questions regarding the operation or installation of the portable generator, a qualified electrician should be immediately contacted to assist in installation and start-up activities
  • The generator should always be positioned outside the structure
  • No Generator will be put on GCEC system without approval – Call us at (928) 485-2451


  • Backfeed creates a potential risk for Electrocutions to our electrical line workers
  • Electrocutions are the fifth leading cause of all reported occupational deaths

 Other Generator Hazards

  • Generator use is also a major cause of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning
  • Generators should only be used in well-ventilated areas
  • If water has been present anywhere near electrical circuits and electrical equipment, turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse on the service panel
  • Do not turn the power back on until electrical equipment has been inspected by a qualified electrician