With load shedding and severe cold weather in full swing, the use of residential generators is once again in the spotlight.
In Part 2 of this newsletter, we looked at the installation of individual free-standing generators in a scheme.
In part 3 we will look at the legal and insurance considerations applicable to generators.
Most importantly any generator installation must comply with the South African National Standard (SANS 10142-1:2003) for the wiring of the premises. This applies to both portable as well as permanent installations. It is therefore critical that the electrical connections are undertaken by a qualified electrician and an Electrical Compliance Certificate (“COC”) is issued.
This is a legal requirement and failure to comply with these requirements could possibly invalidate your insurance should it be established that a fire or injury is caused as a result of the incorrect connection of the generator.
It is very important that you inform your broker and insurer that you have installed a generator. This will be noted on your policy and the following safety practices must then be complied with to ensure full cover for damage caused by generators:
In the next newsletter, we will look at the Electrical Hazards associated with generators.