Panel Interlock Kits good idea for emergency or not?
With all the news about earthquakes, and living in a very high potential earthquake zone, I have re-evaluated my earthquake preparedness "kit" which I put together a couple of years ago.
I have a 7000 W portable generator and have always wondered if I should go for the convenience of the panel interlock kit that make connection to the home panel so easy. I am especially looking at a kit from this site which I found some time ago http://www.nooutage.com/index.html
Of course, if the garage (with the panel) falls down and/or house wiring is damaged, there is no point. And my medium-sized generator cannot handle a lot of appliances at once so it would be a case of running a few things at a time, but the kits are not all that expensive. With extra accessories (cords to outdoors/load meters etc.) it could all be had for under $400.
But I have some basic questions:
1. Are these kits legal/code in British Columbia?
2 Are they a good idea?
Thanks for any feedback, especially from anyone that has one. I have read some positive customer testimonials, but wonder anyway.