Our first big snowfall of the season hit the east last weekend and with January well underway, we know this storm is not going to be the last! There’s a lot to do to prepare for the cold weather and all that Mother Nature will throw at us, especially when we know that with these severe storms comes possible power outages.
Are you one of the thousands who plan to use a portable generator during a storm when the electricity goes out? If you are, you should know that using a generator improperly can be dangerous. The most common hazards include carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution and fire hazards.
But don’t let the risks keep you from using a portable generator; you just have to know how to operate them safely. Consider the following action steps that you can put into place now before the next storm hits:
• Operate generators 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
Find additional action steps and resources about portable generators, including a great tips sheet, that you can download and post on your fridge for easy access all winter long from the “safety in the home” section of the public education page of our website.