Downed utility lines, power company blackouts, heavy snow falls or summer storms can all lead to power outages. Many people turn to a portable generator for a temporary solution without knowing the risks. Carbon Monoxide deaths associated with generators have spiked in recent years as generator sales have risen.
Generators should be used in well-ventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows and vent openings.
Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
Place generators so that exhaust fumes can't enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building.
Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Follow
manufacturer's instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running.
Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the
purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside
of living areas.
Appliances & Generators
When plugging in appliances, make sure they are plugged directly into
the generator or a heavy duty outdoor-rated extension cord. The cords
should be checked for cuts, tears and that the plug has all 3 prongs,
especially a grounding pin.If you must connect the generator to the
house wiring to power appliances, have a qualified electrician install a
properly rated transfer switch in accordance with the National
Electrical Code (NEC) and all applicable state and local electrical