When an emergency arises, the fire department needs to control the scene immediately. Therefore NFPA 70, National Electric Code,2005 edition, Articles 700.8 (A) and 701.9 (A) requires a sign at the service entrance that indicates the location and type of the standby generator on site.
It saves valuable time if the fire fighters know immediately where the generator is rather than if someone has to be sent around the building to hunt one up.
In addition, NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems,2005 edition, chapter 126.96.36.199 requires a manual remote stop station be installed. Once again this is a life saver. Should the battalion chief want the generator shut down in order that the fire may be safely suppressed, an immediate means needs to be at hand. There will be no time to hunt up a key to open the enclosure or try to find a kill switch.
Putting these two safety measure in place saves lives.
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.
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