Consumers should know that portable generators can be hazardous if used improperly. The hazards are:
To Avoid Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning:
- Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust.
- Electrocution from connecting the generator to the home electrical wiring system.
To Avoid Electrocution:
- Never use a generator indoors or in attached garages.
- Only operate the generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home, and protected from direct exposure to rain and snow, preferably under a canopy, open shed, or carport.
- Plug individual appliances into the generator using heavy duty, outdoor rated cords with a wire gauge adequate for the appliance load.
- Observe the generator manufacturer's instructions for safe operation.
- Do not plug the generator into a wall outlet.
- If connecting the generator into the house wiring is necessary, have a qualified electrician hook up the standby electrical system, or have the local utility install a linking device if available.
Never Store Gasoline in the Home:
Gasoline, kerosene and other flammable liquids should be stored outside of living areas in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers. They should also not be stored in a garage if a fuel-burning appliance in the garage. The vapor from gasoline can travel invisibly along the ground and be ignited by pilot lights or arcs caused by activating electric switches.
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