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Generator Safety
Facts, Figures & General Information
Summer storms can cause downed utility lines, which can lead to power outages. When this occurs, many people rely on portable generators to temporarily supply their homes and businesses with power. Unfortunately, many do so without knowing or understanding the dangers – specifically carbon monoxide poisoning (CO), electrical shock or electrocution and fire hazards – associated with them.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), reports the following:
  • CO deaths associated with generators have spiked in recent years along with the increase in generator sales.
  • In 1999, generators were associated with 6% of the total yearly estimated CO poisoning deaths associated with all consumer products compared to 24% in 2002.
  • There were at least 64 deaths in 2005 alone from CO poisoning associated with generators.
Safety Tips (a partial list)
  • Generators should be operated in well ventilated locations outdoors away from all doors, windows and vent openings.
  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
  • Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building.
  • Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
  • Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running.
  • Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.
For more safety tips and other information about this topic and many others, visit the National Fire Protection Association.
Generator Safety
NFPA Generator
Safety Tips
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Also see: Carbon monoxide poisoning

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.

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