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When using high-capacity portable generators, there are two ways to set them up: the safe way and the wrong way. The wrong way is to use extension cords that are strung together. The safest way is to employ the use of automatic transfer switches combined with heavy duty cables.
The transfer switch will determine which power source to use -- either the portable generator unit or the electricity at the facility. The switch has a dedicated circuit breaker for every device that is connected to the system. In the event of a power outage, the portable generator is activated by the transfer switch. The switch is set to draw power from the generator and supply electricity to the circuits when it senses a power failure.
The incorporation of automatic transfer switches is the most safe and effective way of using portable generators as primary or backup power sources. The switch will control electric loads within set parameters. The transfer switch ensures proper grounding as well. If your business relies upon portable generators, a rental transfer switch and the right power cables will serve you best. Give the power pros here at American Power Rental a call. We have all the equipment needed for both short- and long-term electrical power needs.