Generator Safety

If you plan to use a portable generator, here are some important safety precautions:

Read all instructions carefully and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Never run your generator indoors or in your garage. Generators should only be run in a well ventilated area. Gasoline-powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly if there is not adequate ventilation.
Plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy-duty, properly grounded extension cords.
Make sure that extension cords are not frayed or worn.
Limit the electrical load placed on the generator to no more than the recommended wattage.
Do not connect your power generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel.
Use the generator only when necessary.
Turn the generator off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home.
If you have any questions about how to properly use a portable electric generator, contact the manufacturer or a licensed electrician for assistance.

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning While Using a Generator

A portable generator runs outdoors.


Keep generators and other fueled devices outdoors, away from doors, windows, and vents that could easily allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.


Carbon monoxide can’t be seen or smelled, but it can rapidly lead to incapacitation and death. If you feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, go outside immediately. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO buildup or quickly “air out” your home.


Never use a grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices indoors, where Carbon monoxide can build up and ignite.


Install CO alarms in central locations of your home to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide. Test the batteries frequently and replace them when needed. If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors.

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