10 Generator Safety Tips to Protect Your Home & Family
Portable power generators add a world of convenience when your electricity goes out during a heavy storm or natural disaster. But, when not used properly, they can quickly become a serious safety hazard.
Follow these 10 tips to avoid illness, injury and even death when using a power generator.
1. Take the time to fully read the user manual before using a generator.
2. Always turn off the generator when you leave home. Never leave it running unattended.
3. Check in on the generator periodically even when you are home to ensure there are no operational issues.
4. Never touch the generator without first checking to see if it’s hot. Serious skin burns can occur from touching a hot generator.
5. Position the generator in a clear space that allows for proper ventilation (at least 1 to 1.5 meters clearance on all sides).
6. Be mindful not to place your generator close to the windows, vents or doors of your neighbor’s home or your home. Exhaust from your generator can build up carbon monoxide (CO) and cause serious illness or death.
7. Install battery-operated carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to monitor any buildup of the toxic gas.
8. Never operate your generator indoors or in a partially enclosed area like the garage.
9. Shut down your generator and allow it to cool completely before adding gasoline, kerosene or other fuels.
10. Never smoke while refueling your generator.
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