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“Hook It Up Right” – Generator Safety

Deputy General Manager for the BVIEC, Mr Henry O. Creque, is reminding the public to practice the safe usage of generators and ‘Hook It Up Right.’ Photo: GIS
ROADTOWN, Tortola, VI - Deputy General Manager for the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Mr Henry O. Creque, is reminding the public to practice the safe usage of generators and ‘Hook It Up Right.’

Mr Creque, in a Government Information Service (GIS), press release issued on August 22, 2018, said that it is extremely important to promote generator safety due to significant risks and hazards associated with these devices.

He said, “…we would like the public to know what those risks are because it can cause injury or even death to the themselves and to the BVIEC staff.”

'Back-feeding'

Mr Creque, in the release, stressed that curbing the practice of ‘back-feeding’ is one of the corporation’s greatest priority in educating the public on generator safety.

‘Back-feeding’ occurs when a generator is hooked up incorrectly by not only powering the home, but sending the energy back out to the electricity grid.

This reckless and dangerous practice presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbours served by the same utility transformer.

“In fact in the corporation’s history there has been one fatality where one of our linesmen was electrocuted and died and that was from a generator back-feeding unto the grid,” Mr Creque added.

‘Back-feeding’ is an illegal practice and according to Mr Creque, persons should never attempt to directly power their home or business with modified electrical equipment such as double male extension cords that can cause back-feeding.

1 Response to ““Hook It Up Right” – Generator Safety”

  • Political Observer (PO) (27/08/2018, 05:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI residents, let’s put the lives of BVIEC linemen/women ahead of our personal needs and conveniences. Working around and with electricity is inherently dangerous and our deliberate, reckless action should not make it any more dangerous. Electricity improves our lives but we must obey the safety safety rules; it does not discriminate. Disobeying the safe practices can result in electrocution, death. Statistics show that more people die from a 120 volts, common voltage in homes, than from high voltages, ie, 13,000 volts. Moreover, if you don’t know what you are doing, get the help of a license electrician. Let’s not our reckless action result in some family, community.....etc losing a son, daughter. Furthermore, let not your/our reckless action results in electrocution, in murder. Respect electricity and it will respect you. Enjoy your portable generator but also respect your neighbor(s); ie, noise, smoke.....etc. Follow the sound advice of the BVIEC staff: #Hook it up Right.


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