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Generators

Generators can be invaluable during an outage

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Restore some normalcy, and stay safe

During a power outage, a generator can help life begin to feel normal again. But because you probably rarely rely on one, it’s easy to overlook the basic safety measures.

Generator misuse can lead to deaths from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, possible electrocution, and burns—all of which can be avoided. 

Here are a few tips for safe use:

  • Refuel right – turn off the generator and let it cool down before refueling to avoid a potential fire.
  • Use generators outside only – to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. And, place at least 20 feet away from your home with the exhaust directed away from windows and doors.
  • Don’t run a portable generator in the rain – place in a covered, but well ventilated area.
  • Stay clear of generator fumes – To keep from inhaling poisonous carbon monoxide fumes, stay at least 15 feet away from the generator when it’s running.
  • Plug appliances directly – into the generator using outdoor-rated extension cords.
  • Don’t attempt to “backfeed” your home – by plugging the generator into a wall outlet to supply power to your home. This can lead to accidental fire or electrocution.
  • Consider a transfer switch – a certified electrician can install a switch directly into your electrical panel that safely connects your generator to hardwired appliances.

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