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Follow safety guidelines if using a portable generator

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Jan 20, 2014

 

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Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.


Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is hot.


 

 More tips are included in our generator safety information and safety tips sheet.


 

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