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  • I have had the pleasure of working closely with Electro-Motion on my fire pumps and emergency generator. They correct problems on the spot and report on anything which may need to be corrected in the future, keeping equipment in top working order saves us all in emergency repairs and costly down time.

    Scott W. Varady
    Director of Engineering
    San Ramon Marriott Hotel

    Alarms – Secondary Containment and High-Low Fuel

    January 2, 2013

    We frequently receive calls about two types of alarms on emergency generators – Secondary Containment Alarms and High Low Fuel Alarms.  A Secondary Containment Alarm provides an alert anytime fuel enters a secondary containment vessel.  This prompts an investigation into a possible leak in the primary fuel tank so that needed repairs can be made quickly.  The High-Low Fuel Alarm is just as it sounds – providing an alert if the fuel level is too high, creating a possible overflow situation, or an alert if the fuel level is too low, so that the generator tank can be properly filled and ready in an emergency.

    Often these questions arise in response to a visit by the fire department inquiring if these alarms are in good working order and requesting a demonstration.  A comprehensive maintenance program ensures the alarms are checked each visit, at least quarterly.  Onsite facilities personnel should ask their service provider to show them how to demonstrate the alarms so that they are prepared for the question during an inspection.   

    If you have questions or concerns about your Secondary Containment Alarm or High-Low Fuel Alarm, please give us a call (650) 321-6169 or drop us an email - We’d be happy to help.

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