Common causes of power outages in Nova Scotia are most often weather related such as heavy rain, freezing, rain, ice storms, heavy snow, flooding, and hurricane force winds.
Only fully-trained, qualified and authorized personnel should perform any work on generators and electrical systems. Generators can be wired directly into a building’s existing electrical system. Safeguards are in place to prevent surges. Some generators require manual start up when the power goes out. Only trained and competent workers should be in charge of manual start up.
Portable generators also are used for powering essential equipment during power outages, both in the home and on the farm. Improper installation and use can endanger cause serious injury or death.