Installing a permanent standby generator is nothing like whipping out a portable generator whenever you need it. With a larger power output covering a wider range of electronics, there’s a greater risk if it’s not handled properly. With each standby generator installation, there are codes and regulations to follow, both statewide and nationally, for the sake of your safety and the safety of others. The professionals at Suncoast Power Solutions are here to help you find out if your generator is installed to code.


The Florida Building Code


The first mistake that a homeowner can make is placing their standby generator right next to their home. In case of a malfunction that could lead to a fire or an explosion, generators need to be placed some distance away from any existing structures. According to the Florida Building Code, generators should be placed at least 5 feet away from any openings such as doors and windows, and at least 3 feet away from any combustible materials that could ignite from being in the range of a generator mishap.


The National Electrical Code


When it comes to the installation itself, all electrical components need to be taken into account. The wiring, grounding, feeders, and pumps all need to be placed with care. Additionally, proactive security measures need to be tested and working such as the emergency system, overcurrent protection, and standby operations.


The Florida Fuel Gas Code


Accidents with the gas line can be prevented with the appropriate attention to the type of pumps and hoses that are used along with the necessary tests. For example, polyethylene plastic should be used for pipes, tubes, and fittings rather than PVC since it’s more durable. A pressure test can be done to check for any potential leaks, and the tubes must be marked accordingly to avoid confusion. Even the size of the pipes and tubing can affect the system’s reliability.


The Florida Fire Prevention Code


Many standby generators are capable of being remotely monitored by your local generator company for the sake of gas leak detection. This can be linked to emergency responder radio systems so that the authorities can react swiftly in case of an accident. Without these connections, it can take much longer for help to arrive.


The National Fire Protection Association Code


The placement of your fuel tank depends on the size of your gas tank and the surrounding area. The NFPA is very particular about the finer details regarding where your tank should be placed, so it’s best to ask for assistance in order to accurately comply with their safety code.


Need Help? Call Suncoast Power Solutions!


As an average homeowner with no knowledge regarding the codes and regulations of installing a standby power generator, trying to keep up on your own can be a very overwhelming endeavor. There’s also the pressure of overlooking a significant detail that could put you and your loved ones in danger. If you want to make sure that your generator is installed to code, you can leave it to the professionals at Suncoast Power Solutions! We have the knowledge and qualifications to make sure your system complies with state and national safety precautions so you don’t have to worry. Contact us today!