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Do you have questions involving code compliance about your standby generator?

Contact me. I have the answers.
Paul H. Harris

It would be helpful to include with your questions as much of the following information as you can:

  1. A copy of your tag if you have been cited
  2. A photo of your emergency generator and automatic transfer switch
  3. The size (in kW or amps), voltage, model, serial number, and manufacturer (Onan, Kohler, Generac, etc.) of your automatic transfer switch and generator
  4. Generator fuel source. (diesel, natural gas, LPG, gasoline)
  5. A guess at how old your system is
  6. Where are you? I need your city and state.
  7. Who are you? I need your name and contact information.

I will answer questions in order as soon as I can get to them. I don’t charge for e-mail answers.

  • Call me.

If you need a quicker response, phone me with as much of the above information as you can gather.

Have your credit card ready.

I make my living as a consultant with over 35 years’ experience in the generator industry. I can discuss any aspect of you emergency power supply system and related codes. If you need to talk to me directly, I can solve your problem, but I need to be paid for my work and you need to be willing and able to follow my directions.

Your first 12 minutes of your first call will be free. After that, if it looks to me like I can help you, my standard rates apply.


  • Another way to go.

You may find your answers in the attached publications below. This won’t cost you anything to look.

  1. What codes apply for State and Federal healthcare facility surveys?
  2. Other codes that apply, i.e. municipal codes and non-healthcare facilities
  3. Do you need an on-site fuel source for natural gas? (Dual-Fuel)
    • What about city water cooled units?
  4. Engine and room temperature rules
  5. The importance of generator location
  6. Battery operated working lights at the generator
  7. Generator Remote Annunciators
  8. Fire Protection for the generator and ATS
  9. You must test at 30 percent of load.
  10. Remote Manual Stop Station
  11. What load can I connect to my generator?
  12. Am I required to have a generator?—Maybe not!
  13. My code compliant Inspection/Testing Log

Have Codebooks, Will Travel

Would you like a visit? I travel as a consultant.

I provide:

  • Training for you and your staff
    • How to prepare for a CMS or State survey
    • How your local building and fire codes work for you
    • Simple steps to improve reliability and reduce costs
    • Things that you really need to know that the generator company won’t tell you
    • How to supervise a repair
    • How to supervise maintenance
    • What you need to know before you buy a new generator
  • Inspection/Testing programs that will satisfy your CMS and State surveyors.
  • Maintenance programs
  • System evaluations
    • Do you get what you expect from your local service providers?
    • Did your engineer, vendor, and contractor follow the building code?
      1. What can you do about it if they didn’t?

Be Careful!

Generators and automatic transfer switches as well as their appurtenant devices employ high voltages that can hurt you. Do not attempt to work with this equipment unless you are qualified. Observe all rules and cautions found in the manufacturer’s manuals as well as NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

The assistance I provide is based on the questions you ask and the accuracy of the information you provide about your equipment or project. I cannot guarantee you will like or agree with my response.

Standby Power Solutions LLC disclaims any liability for any personal injury, property, or other damages of any nature whatsoever, whether special, indirect, consequential or compensatory, directly or indirectly resulting from the publication, use of, or reliance on this document. Standby Power Solutions, LLC also makes no guaranty or warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of any information contained herein. Anyone using this document should rely on his or her own independent judgment, or as appropriate, seek the advice of a competent professional in determining the exercise of reasonable care in any given circumstances.

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