Got a generator in Greenwich? Don’t plan on using it

I just learned that a new Greenwich regulation now forbids testing generators for twenty minutes each week (as installed, they are programmed to run such a test automatically) . As dozens of New York City building owners, including hospitals, discovered two weeks ago, neglecting that testing leads to very unpleasant, even catastrophic results. And by the way, disabling the auto-test switch voids your generator’s warranty, so good luck with that.

UPDATE: I was overly alarmed. A ban on testing was briefly imposed but was rescinded after appropriate outrage (imagine trying that stunt after Sandy). As regs now stand, you can test your generator on weekdays (only) between 9-am – 5pm, which seems like a reasonable compromise between neighbors’ desire for peace and quiet and homeowners’ desire for a working generator. Of course, when everyone has a generator, no one will hear their neighbor’s noise.


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15 responses to “Got a generator in Greenwich? Don’t plan on using it

  1. xyzzy

    Seriously? That is nuts. Well I’m not turning my test off, they can come fine me.

  2. Anonymous

    How are they going to enforce that?

  3. Anonymous

    really, it makes you wonder just how incredibly f’ing stupid the people are that pass (let alone propose) these kinds of things.

  4. Anonymous

    Cannot find regulation on Town website. Please be more specific.

  5. pulled up in OG

    Brought to you by the same assholes that couldn’t ban leaf blowers in the summer, eh? : )

  6. Anonymous

    Let them try and find me!!

  7. anonymous

    Hey I’ll make an offer on WGCH.. who do I call?

  8. generator

    From the Town’s website- OK to test btw 9am-5pm
    §6B-6 NOISE §6B-8
    (5) Premises located in the Town of Greenwich may only be serviced by one (1) gasoline-powered leaf blower, at any given time, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, inclusive.
    (f) Equipment for emergency activity use. No person shall operate necessary emergency equipment for maintenance purposes during non-emergencies between the hours of 5:00 PM and 9:00 AM on weekdays (M-F) and at no time on Saturday or Sunday.
    (Bd. of Health, 2/8/1984; 3/28/1994; 5/15/1996; 1/26/2012)
    Sec. 6B-7. Exclusions.

    Sec. 6B-8. Special exemption.
    The following shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter.
    (a) Sounds created by emergency activities, as authorized by the proper authorities, or emergency vehicles, sounds giving warning of emergencies or sounds customarily signaling particular times of the day. Noise generated by necessary equipment in emergency activities that is used during an emergency includes the reasonable testing of such equipment during non- emergencies. All noise generated by necessary emergency equipment during non-emergency testing to ensure proper operation during an emergency, must be tested between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM weekdays (M-F) only. Sounds created by the utilization of fire horns shall not come within this exemption unless a variance has first been obtained pursuant to Section 6B-9 of this chapter.
    (b) Sound created by parades, carnivals and other special public social events or celebrations after having attained a valid permit from the town.
    (c) Noise generated by construction activities between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. weekdays and between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturdays.
    (d) Noise created by domestic power tools between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. except for gasoline-powered leaf blowers between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
    Supp. 2/3/2012

  9. FlyAngler

    I have a Generac and the weekly test is only ten minutes as programmed from the factory. Technicality?

  10. Anonymous

    Can you tell us where to find this regulation?

    • I just got off the phone with the builder who first told me about it and I misunderstood him – I’ll correct the post. It was indeed a requirement, briefly, brought about by a handful of complaints by some back country residents (who probably have their own generators now, after the storms). The town backed off after various residents went apes… and so you are free to fire away.

  11. So Greenwich

    9-5 during the week? Guess no one works in this town.