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Be Prepared and Safe with Portable Generators

September 27, 2016
Posted In: Safety

Hurricanes can cause flooding, high winds and lengthy power outages. And as we head into hurricane season again, the surge of generator sales has many feeling more prepared. However, if used improperly, one could lose more than just electricity.

Carbon Monoxide is a concern in every household. This deadly gas is odorless, those who succumb to it never realized it was present or being inhaled.

Each year, 200 American die, and over 50 times as many are rushed to hospitals due to carbon monoxide inhalation from appliances, including generators. Since generators are only used occasionally, some may forget about the potential risks. The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued simple tips for generator use:

• Whether you own a generator or not, install a Carbon Monoxide detector. Check it regularly to make sure it works properly, and replace the batteries.

• NEVER use a generator indoors, no matter how much ventilation may be present. This includes in an open garage.

• Locate the generator outside, away from the house. Take care to keep it away from doors, windows, or vents that could allow the gas to come inside. Pick a safe location to set it up, and do a test run to make sure necessary cables are long enough.

• READ THE INSTRUCTIONS that came with the generator. Make sure it works properly, and perform any recommended maintenance. Search the internet and check with the manufacturer to make sure it was not recalled.

With these tips in mind, you and your family can rest easy as the next storm approaches.

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