What are the rules and regulations when it comes to owning generator in your home?
A listener on the Afternoon Drive has shared his frustrations with a neighbor's noisy generator.
Ismail Khan says the generator has posed a problem for more than ten neighbors and that the machine has has contributed to his wife's health.
This is a big industrial-sized diesel generator. It is practically metres away from our back door and bedroom windows. It is housed in a room and half a tin shack. It has an exhaust pipe that faces a wall not even up...as soon as the power goes out, the fumes fill our houses, it stinks, it is carbon monoxide, it is poisonous.— Ismail Khan, listener
My wife has a chronic disease. Halfway into load shedding, despite the fume business, the less rest she gets, the more it aggravates her sickness. She has got a neuromuscular disorder. If this escalates to her lungs it could cause a crisis, which could mean she could die.— Ismail Khan, listener
Khan says he has written to his neighbour to reach an amicable solution but she has not been responsive.
Ward 23 Councillor in Glenvista, Sarah Wissler who is aware of the situation explains that the neighbour in question has this particular generator because her husband is a paraplegic and needs an elevator to get around the house.
Wissler says however resident must be considerate and responsible when using generators.
The only way that we can assist is when the environmental health people form the City of Joburg are out. They obviously will go and have a look at the exhaust system and that would then form part of the environmental conservation act of 1999 regarding air pollution and then they will be able to see how they can best sort this out with the estate and the lady that has the generator.— Sarah Wissler, Ward 23 Councillor - Glenvista
People need to make sure that the generators are housed in some sort of sound proof room and as far as the fumes are concerned - to make sure they are not going to affect your neighbors, make sure the exhaust is higher up than above where the house is so that the fumes can be swept away by the wind. That is the issue in this particular problem, the exhaust is in the wrong space.— Sarah Wissler, Ward 23 Councillor - Glenvista
She says the estate and the City will assist in making sure the neighbour changes their exhaust and assess whether the generator is built within the required decibels.
Explaining some of the regulations associated with owning a generator, regional director at the Electrical Contractors Association, Chris Koen says a generator cannot be installed without the permission of the council.
You have to obey the councils by-laws.— Chris Koen, Regional director at the Electrical Contractors Association
Your small generators that you use to go fishing, those are not allowed to be connected to electrical installation but the generator that the gentleman is referring to, you need special permission and special installation requirements as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act.— Chris Koen, Regional director at the Electrical Contractors Association
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