6 Essential Generator Safety Tips Everyone Needs To Know
In a variety of situations, portable generators can supply temporary or remote electric power; whether you are using the generator on the job site or on the campgrounds. having power readily available is an option everyone should consider.
Portable generators can provide a reliable source of power when power is not readily available. Especially during a disaster or a power outage, portable and home standby generator can provide not only power but also a sense of security.
"Portable generators are helpful in various situations, but the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by their improper use are very real" said Joe Harding, representative for Portable Generator Manufacturers' Association.
Below are 6 Essential Safety Tips to keep in mind when operating any generator:
- Do not run portable generators inside homes, garages, basements, crawlspaces, sheds or other partially-enclosed spaces, even if using fans or opening doors and windows. Carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these spaces and linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.
- Only operate a portable generator outside, far away from windows, doors and vents to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide gas accumulating and potentially being drawn toward occupied spaces.
- Install battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms or plug-in alarms with battery backup according to the manufacturer's instructions. Smoke alarms cannot detect carbon monoxide gas.
- Always place your portable generator downwind and point the engine exhaust away from occupied spaces.
- The symptoms of low-level carbon monoxide poisoning can be similar to those caused by other illness such as cold, flu or food poisoning. If you suspect you or a family member are experiencing any of these symptoms due to carbon monoxide poisoning, get outside to fresh air immediately and call 911 for emergency medical attention.
- Always refer to the generator owner's manual for further information about safe operation and potential hazards.
Source: Portable Generator Manufacturers' Association