Hi guys, I had a call today from a customer worrying that kids in her neighborhood could flick off that auxiliary shutdown switch. Is generac has some sort of cover to make it less
accessible? Ty and play safe.
That's precisely why I do not have this switch on my unit.
I know what I and my friends would have done when we were 8 years old, if this switch had been there back then. LOL
Unfortunately, if your inspector insists it be there, covering it up is probably not going to fly with them.
Maybe some sort of breakable cover, that a firefighter could break open, would be acceptable to them, but I don't see why a kid couldn't break it just as easily.
This is one of too many poorly thought through recent code additions. Another that comes to mind is the removal of most GFCI exceptions, requiring even a single sump pump receptacle to be GFCI protected in case it is used for something else. Of course the greater risk of a flooded home or basement with AC power on was ignored.
A breakable, but sturdy cover is an option, especially if it isn't a brightly labeled attraction. The local kids probably would not bother to bring tools to break it open. If could, of course be added "unofficially" after inspection by the owner. Another possible shutdown option could be a lockswitch operated by a "firefighter's key".