Generator Safety Tips
Springtime in the Midwest can bring rain, wind, and storms. Downed utility lines, power company blackouts, heavy winds, or thunderstorms can all lead to power outages. Portable generators offer a temporary solution. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) about generator safety:
- Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside at least 5 feet away from all doors, windows, and vent openings. Measure the 5-foot distance from the generator exhaust system to the building.
- 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. The exhaust must be directed away from 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 hot.
- 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.
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