Since no utility can guarantee uninterrupted electric service, Kankakee Valley REMC strongly recommends that consumers with life sustaining medical equipment in their homes develop contingency plans to protect their welfare in the event of a power outage. Contingency plans could include installing a back-up power supply (such as batteries or a generator), temporarily moving to an alternate location that has electric service and/or contacting emergency medical services.
During an outage we will have crews working on lines in your area. Many of these lines are along main roads and highways. For your safety and the safety of our crews, please drive slowly and be aware of our crew vehicles.
Read all instructions carefully and follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
Never run your generator indoors or in your garage. Generators should only be run in a well-ventilated area. Gasoline-powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly if there is not adequate ventilation.
Plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy duty, properly grounded extension cords.
Make sure that extension cords are not frayed or worn.
Limit the electrical load placed on the generator to no more than the recommended wattage.
Do not connect your power generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel.
Use the generator only when necessary.
Turn the generator off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home.
For the safety of anyone who may be in the proximity of your home, do not attempt to connect your generator to your home wiring.
If you have any doubts about how to properly use a portable electric generator, contact the manufacturer or a licensed electrician for assistance.
If you have a portable generator, it should not be connected to any of the utility power lines or house wiring, unless it is equipped with a properly installed double-throw switch installed by a licensed electrician. Generators that are not installed properly can feed back into our lines and may cause serious injury to anyone coming in contact with those wires.