Safety – before use, Safety – during use – North Star M165951C User Manual

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Summary of Important Safety Information for Operation (cont’d)


Isolate connection to building’s electrical circuit. Never plug the generator directly into a wall outlet.

ANY connection to a building’s electrical system MUST ISOLATE THE GENERATOR FROM UTILITY
POWER via an UL-approved transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician in compliance with all
applicable local building and electrical codes. If the generator is not isolated from the utility power system by
such means, generator output will back feed into the utility power grid. This may result in injury or death to
utility power workers or others who contact the lines during a power outage. It may also cause the generator
to explode or cause fires when utility power is restored.

Wet conditions. Water conducts electricity. Do not operate generator where it is wet. Operate on a dry

surface under an open, canopy-like structure.

CO alarms. 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.

Hot tractor exhaust. Tractor exhaust can be extremely hot and cause fire. Refer to your tractor manual to

determine safe clearance distance required between hot tractor exhaust and nearby combustible objects.

Fire extinguisher. Keep a fire extinguisher rated “ABC” by the National Fire Protection Association nearby.

Keep it properly charged and be familiar with its use.

Safety – Before Use

Know how to operate

Review safety rules. Before each use of this generator, review the “Rules for Safe Operation.” Failure to

follow these rules may result in serious injury or death.

Know how to operate. Be thoroughly familiar with all controls and with the proper use of the equipment.

Know how to stop the generator quickly if needed.

Personal protective equipment

Hearing protection. The use of earplugs or other hearing protection device is recommended for those in

close proximity to the generator while it is operating.

No loose / dangling apparel. Loose or dangling apparel and long hair can become entangled in

moving/rotating parts. Metal jewelry can conduct electricity. Never wear jewelry or loose-fitting clothing
such as neckties, scarves, or long-sleeved or untucked shirts when operating the generator. Tie back hair and
secure close to head.

Safety – During Use

Safety equipment / controls. Always operate the generator with all safety covers, guards, and barriers in

place and in good working order, and all controls properly adjusted for safe operation.

Know how to stop. Be thoroughly familiar with proper use of the equipment and all generator controls,

output receptacles, and connections. Know how to stop the generator quickly if needed.

Damaged. Do not operate the generator with damaged, missing, or broken parts.

Carbon monoxide exhaust. The running tractor engine gives off carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas that can

kill you. You CANNOT smell it, see it, or taste it. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using the
generator, shut off the tractor and get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY. See a doctor. You may have carbon

Smoking/sparks. Never smoke near the running generator, and never operate near sources of sparks or


PTO shaft secured. Make sure PTO driveline shaft is securely locked at both ends. An unlocked PTO shaft

can whip or become dangerously airborne.

PTO guards. Never operate the generator without proper PTO guarding, including a freely rotating shaft

guard as well as tractor and generator shields at each end. Clothing or hair can become rapidly entangled in
unguarded rotating PTO shaft or connections, resulting in serious injury or death.

Driveline angle. Never operate the generator continuously when the PTO driveline shaft is at an angle

greater than 15° either horizontally or vertically.

Check output voltage. Check output voltage to ensure the generator is working properly before connecting

loads to the generator. Failure to do so could result in damage to equipment powered by the generator and
possible injury to the individual. Do not adjust output speed of engine to change voltage. If voltage is not
within specified range, have generator repaired by factory-authorized personnel.

Stabilize before connecting loads. Start generator and let engine stabilize before connecting electrical loads.

Do not overload. Do not overload the generator. Make sure that combined starting and running loads do not

exceed rated capacity of generator or damage will result.