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Generator and CO Safety

SAFETY TIPS WHEN USING A PORTABLE GENERATOR

Portable generators can provide backup power when outages affect your home or business -- powering such electrical equipment as heating units, refrigerators, lighting and computers. However, portable generator use can also be very hazardous. The primary hazards to avoid when using a portable generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, fire and burns. If you plan on using an emergency generator, it’s essential that you take precautions for your safety and the safety of those working to restore power.

Following are useful links to some important safety tips for the safe connection and operation of your portable generator.


U.S. Fire Administration
www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/co/generator.shtm

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/portgen.pdf

 
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