What you need to know about using generators during a power outage

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Feb 8, 2013

!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017ee85500ec970d-800wi|border=0|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017ee85500ec970d-800wi|alt=GeneratorSafety(1)|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=GeneratorSafety(1)|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017ee85500ec970d!A big snowstorm is barrelling down on the East Coast...downed utility lines, power company blackouts, and heavy snow can all lead to power outages. Many people turn to a portable generator for a temporary solution without knowing the risks. 
    • Generators should be operated in well ventilated locations outdoors 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.

[Learn more, download NFPA's free safety tip sheet on using generators safely | http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=1383&URL=Safety%20Information/For%20consumers/Causes/Portable%20generators].