Generator Safety

YOUR PORTABLE GENERATOR CAN BE DEADLY! Deadly to you. Each year people die from using portable generators following a weather-related crisis. A warning affixed to portable generators by the Consumer Product Safety Commission states: “using a generator indoors will kill you in minutes!”. According to the Commission, the engine of a portable generator can emit more carbon monoxide than the engine of a modern car. You cannot see or smell carbon monoxide, so it is especially dangerous. Deadly to linemen. Consumers are also warned that if you use an emergency standby generator during power outages, improper generator hookup can cause fatal injury to our line workers and serious problems in electrical service. Connecting a portable generator to home wiring can cause current flow from the generator onto your electric lines that can injure or kill your Ozark Electric employees who are working to restore power on the line. Double-throw switch required. To avoid injury or death of line workers by improper connection, your generator should only be installed by licensed electricians and in compliance with the National Electrical Code and must have a double-throw switch to operate safely. A double-throw switch transfers electrical power from the line to the generator. As explained above, if a double-throw switch is not used, feedback from the generator voltage on power lines could endanger the lives of line crews working to restore your power. Read more about generator safety “dos” and “don’ts” in the Member Services section of this website. Please contact us at any of our three office locations if you have ANY questions regarding installation of a double-throw switch on your standby generator. It could save a life!

Report an Outage: 1-800-947-6393

Ozark Electric Coop. @ 2018

Mt. Vernon


P.O. Box 420

10943 Hwy 39

Mt. Vernon, MO 65712

Hours 7:30am - 12:00pm

Then 1:00pm - 4:30pm     Mon-Fri

Ozark Electric Cooperative Inc.



P.O. Box 1050

2007 James River Court (Hwy AA)

Nixa, MO 65714

Hours 7:30am - 12:00pm

Then 1:00pm - 4:30pm     Mon-Fri

Cape Fair


P.O. Box 287

7928 State Hwy 76

Cape Fair, MO 65624

Hours 7:30am - 12:00pm

Then 1:00pm - 4:30pm     Mon-Fri