Installation / initial set-up, Select a suitable site – North Star M165951C User Manual

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Installation / Initial Set-Up


4. Select a Suitable Site

Before using the generator, you must select a suitable OUTDOOR

location for installation and

operation of your generator.

If you will be mounting the generator to a concrete slab, you must choose the location
of the slab according to all the criteria listed below.

If the generator will be mounted to a trailer, you should follow all the criteria listed
below to select a suitable location each time you use the generator.


You must choose a suitable site for operating your generator to avoid equipment damage
and/or injury and possible death from carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock, or fire.
Choose a site that meets all of the criteria specified.

Site/Location Criteria:

Dry, level surface

The generator should be positioned on a dry, firm, level surface.
Ensure that the generator will sit during operation. Apply the tractor’s
parking brake, and if trailer-mounted block the trailer’s wheels to prevent
sliding and shifting.

Outdoors only –
dangerous carbon
monoxide exhaust

WARNING: Carbon monoxide poisoning hazard

The exhaust from your tractor contains carbon monoxide (CO), a
poisonous gas that can kill. You cannot smell it, see it, or taste it.
Follow the directions below for choosing a location to operate your
generator in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

The location you choose to operate the generator must be OUTDOORS
and away from all air intakes

Never run the generator or tractor inside any closed or semi-enclosed

spaces (even if outdoors), including homes, garages, basements, sheds, or
boxes. These spaces can trap poisonous gases, even if you run a fan or
open windows.

Place the tractor so that the exhaust fumes will not be directed towards

people or building air intakes.

Ensure that working, battery-operated or battery back-up carbon monoxide

alarms are used in any dwelling/structure that is in close proximity to the
running generator.

Adequate cooling

The generator needs adequate, unobstructed flow of air to allow for
proper cooling of generator head.

Situate so there is adequate clearance around generator to allow for

cooling airflow so that heat does not build up. Never block vent slots.
The closest object should be at 7 feet away from vents.