Generator safety revolves around preventing exhaust from entering your home and electrical safety.
- Never run your generator inside your house, basement, or garage (even if the doors are open)
- As a rule of thumb, have generators 5-10ft from the house with the exhaust pointed away
- Check your carbon monoxide alarms to make sure they are functioning properly
- Use heavy duty extension cords
- Do your best to keep the generator dry
- Store gasoline in a shed or garage
- Never store gasoline inside your house or near heating appliances such as furnaces, hot water heaters, and wood stoves
- And, as always, follow the manufacturer recommendations
Carbon Monoxide produced by gas generators is invisible, odorless, and deadly. Make sure that your carbon monoxide detectors are working by testing them monthly. If anyone in the house has "flu-like" symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, or weakness (especially if more than one person is sick) call 911 right away. Or, if your carbon monoxide detectors begin to alarm, call 911.
As your fire department, we can come to your house and test if there is any carbon monoxide present, that your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly, and treat anyone who is ill.