Generator Maintenance Program

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  • What is the program?

    Since January 2023, in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 110), we have been conducting monthly tests of the emergency system, including emergency generators and Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS). Reference NFPA 110— Standards for Emergency and Standby Power Systems. This EPS test, or Emergency Power Supply test, will simulate a power outage by using the test switches on the ATS.

  • What does this mean?

    During these tests, a less than 1-second outage will occur as the system switches from the emergency electrical power source to the emergency generator. After approximately 30 minutes of testing, a less than 1-second outage will occur as the system switches back to the emergency electrical power source.

    Only the emergency electrical circuits are interrupted during these tests, which includes emergency lighting, exit signs, and red power outlets. Regular power outlets in the labs and offices, and normal lighting will not be affected.

  • How should I prepare?

    It is recommended that any equipment using emergency power be plugged into a red outlet, such as -80 freezers, spectrometers, and air compressors. All at-risk equipment should also be plugged into surge protectors. If the equipment can be powered off during the monthly test, it is recommended to power it down. If the equipment cannot be powered down, it is recommended to plug it into a UPS.

    Again, this testing only requires two, short interruptions of the emergency electrical power. Regular power outlets in the labs and offices, and normal lighting will not be affected.

    UCR faculty and building stakeholders — to help protect your sensitive research equipment and systems, we invite you to learn more about our campus electrical infrastructure from our How Power Works Presentation. Below is the presentation, set to start at the building generator segment.

     

     

    Have questions about your equipment and need assistance in preparing for this testing? Submit a service request so a qualified technician can examine the equipment and provide recommendations.

2024 Schedule of campus buildings to be tested and inspected

Date Time Building
Tuesday, April 9 6-7am Biological Sciences Canceled
Tuesday, April 16 6-7am Science Laboratories 1
Tuesday, April 23 6-7am *School of Medicine – Education
Tuesday, April 30 6-7am University Theatre
Tuesday, May 7 6-7am Arts Building
Tuesday, May 14 6-7am Chemical Sciences
Tuesday, May 21 6-7am Plant Research 1
Tuesday, May 28 6-7am Vivarium Trailer
Tuesday, June 4 6-7am Pierce Hall 
Tuesday, June 11 6-7am *Pierce Hall
*Pierce Annex
Tuesday, June 18 6-7am UCR Police Building
Tuesday, June 25 6-7am Psychology

*Generator will be tested but ATS switches will not be tested, meaning the building will not lose power.