Generators are essential to most outdoor events. If you want guests to enjoy all their home comforts in the middle of the wilderness, chances are you’ll need electricity to achieve this. Here is where the right generator comes in handy. But, if you’re not used to hiring this complex piece of equipment on a regular basis, how do you know what to look out for? Our blog today looks at the 5 most important things to consider when choosing the generator for your event.

Does it need to be assembled?

Chances are, you’ll rely on a skilled and talented team of individuals to help set up your event. But how many of them have ever assembled a generator? Most types will come fully built from the hire company, like the ones here at Carron Marquees. The generator will be delivered on a lorry or 4 wheel drive vehicle so you must ensure there is sufficient access to the site.

What fuel does it use?

Traditionally, generators run on diesel or petrol. If your event is running over a number of days you will be provided with additional fuel and shown how to safely refuel the generator.

Where will it go?

Most generators can be installed alongside the marquee to disguise them from guests. But if you have small event space, ensuring you discuss the layout possibilities with your hire company will benefit the experience of your guests. Some generators can also be quite noisy, so you’ll want to make sure they’re kept away from microphones or quieter, relaxation areas. At Carron Marquees we only supply super-silent generators, so siting is not such an issue.

How should I look after the generator?

Like the team here at Carron Marquees, a reputable hire company will place the generator in the safest place and advise on any maintenance tips. However, some of the key areas to remember are:

  • Store any extra fuel away from flammable sources
  • Position your generator on a flat surface
  • Do not plug your generator into generic wall outlets
  • If possible site don’t site near to public areas

What should I do in the event of an emergency?

Most hire companies will have a 24/7 emergency call out, should your generator stop working or break. But it’s worth remembering that, in the case of a power cut you should:

  • Unplug any electronics
  • Avoid electronic devices if they have come into contact with water
  • Stay calm and advise your guests to do the same

Generators are the ideal way to supply electricity and heat to rural events. Here at Carron Marquees, they form an essential part of our installation process. If you’re considering hosting an event for any purpose or simply want additional information about the marquees we offer, contact our friendly and experienced team today. We’ll be happy to help create the event of your dreams.