Cummins Inc. Offers Power Generator Tips for Businesses and Individuals as Storm Approaches
COLUMBUS, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As another damaging storm approaches the Northeastern United States, Cummins Inc. (NYS: CMI) is providing tips for businesses and individuals on using power generators and ensuring that they will run properly if needed.
"The health and safety of everyone is top of mind as the storm approaches," said Amy Davis, President, Cummins Northeast LLC, an exclusive distributor of Cummins products in the territory that includes Maine, Massachusetts, Western/Upstate New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont (www.cumminsnortheast.com). Cummins Northeast LLC is headquartered in Braintree, MA.
"We know many individuals may need backup power in the event the power grid is affected. For those who relying on generators for backup power, we want to be sure individuals and businesses use them effectively and safely."
"As a general rule, treat your backup generator like you would other elements critical to your house, like your air conditioner or furnace, or your car," said Davis. "Generators need preventive care."
Ahead of the storm Cummins urges individuals and businesses to:
Make sure the oil is clean and has been changed recently
Ensure there is an adequate, fresh fuel supply
Ensure sure the fluids are full and the batteries are charged
Test the generator now, before the need arises
"Additionally, we want people to know to use them safely - this is paramount," said Davis. "They should not be used inside homes or small businesses, and again, periodically check on them. Often you will see warning signs if something needs to be fixed or serviced. You want to identify these problems, before the generator is no longer functional."
On an ongoing basis, Cummins offers the following generator maintenance tips:
Daily, you or a qualified individual should:
Check coolant heater
Check coolant level
Check oil level
Check fuel level
Check charge-air piping
Weekly, you or a qualified individual should:
Check/clean air cleaner
Check battery charger
Drain fuel filter
Drain water from fuel tank
Monthly, you or a qualified individual should:
Drain water from fuel tank
Check coolant concentration
Check drive belt tension
Drain exhaust condensate
Check starting batteries
Every six months, you or a qualified individual should:
Change oil and filter
Change coolant filter
Clean crankcase breather
Change air cleaner element
Check radiator hoses
Change fuel filters
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.66 billion on sales of $17.3 billion in 2012. Press releases can be found on the Web at www.cummins.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at @Cummins and on YouTube at CumminsInc.
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