Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
♦ Always place the generator outside, and away from doors, windows and vents.
Never use a generator inside, in the basement, in the garage, or outside under
a covered patio.
♦ The toxic engine exhaust from a generator contains Carbon Monoxide (CO gas).
This gas is deadly if inhaled in large enough quantities.
CO gas is colorless and odorless.
CO gas is a silent killer.
If you start to feel dizzy, sick or weak, Call 9-1-1
and get to an area away from the generator with as much fresh air as possible.
♦ To avoid electrocution, always keep the generator on a flat dry surface.
If there is any moisture in the air (from a fog to rain), place a covering above
the unit, such as a pop-up, or a tarp on poles.
The covering must be an open canopy type.
♦ Always handle the generator with dry hands.
♦ When refueling a generator, make sure it has had a chance to cool down.
Protect your hands by wearing gloves.
If you spill gas on a hot engine, even a drop or two, the gas could explode.
This could cause a fire or serious burns to you.
♦ Use the fuel recommended by the manufacturer.
Keep the extra fuel in an approved safety container.
Keep the fuel outside, and away from any other fuel burning appliances, such as your water heater.
If any of the gas fumes escape from the container, and make contact with a pilot light,
you can cause an explosion and fire.
An arc form electrical switches can cause the same situation.
♦ Check with your local Fire Department or city officials to find out if it is allowed
to keep extra fuel and how much is allowed.
If possible, keep the extra fuel in a locked shed so that it is not accessible to children or pets.
Using your Generator
♦ "Back-feeding" is the term used when you plug the generator into your homes electrical system
to run your appliances.
This can bypass some of the built-in household protective devices and can cause a risk
of electrocution to anyone (neighbors and utility workers) who is serviced by the same utility transformer.
♦ Instead, plug the appliances you wish to use into the generator itself.
Be careful not to overload the unit.
General Safety Tips
♦ Along with your Smoke Detectors, install Carbon Monoxide Detectors in your home.
There are some models that are a combination.
Use the type that runs on batteries.
If you have the type that is hard wired into your electrically system,
make sure they have a battery backup for when the power goes out.
Otherwise, they will not work.
Test the units once a month and change the batteries twice a year.
♦ Have a Fire Extinguisher nearby when using a generator.
Check with your Fire Department on the best type to have, how many and where you should keep them.
They can also show you how to use them properly.