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Portable Generators Can Be Deadly

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Due to damage caused by the recent tornadoes, many homeowners will use a portable generator to power their home appliances.

Portable generators release carbon monoxide, so the improper use of a portable generator, such as running it in a closed garage, has led to a number of severe injuries and deaths.

If you or someone you know is using a portable generator review this safety tips provided by Briggs & Stratton.

  1. Always read and follow the operator's manual and all operating instructions before running generator.
  2. Engines emit deadly carbon monoxide gas. Use your generator outdoors only, away from open windows, vents, or doors. Never use your generator inside homes, garages, crawl spaces, or other enclosed areas. Fumes that can kill you can build up in these areas. Using a fan and opening doors or windows does NOT provide enough fresh air.
  3. Use a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector when running your generator.
  4. Gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable, allow engine to cool at least 2 minutes before refueling. Always use fresh gas in your generator. If you do not plan to use your generator in 30 days, stabilize the gas with fuel stabilizer.
  5. Maintain your generator according to the maintenance schedule for peak performance and safety.
  6. Keep generator at least 5 feet away from any structures or combustible materials. Reflective exhaust heat can damage fuel tank causing fire.
  7. When using extension cords, be sure they are of the grounded type and are rated for the application. Coiled cords can get HOT, always uncoil cords and lay them in flat open locations.
  8. If you are connecting a generator into your home electrical system, have a qualified electrician install a Power Transfer Switch. Never plug your generator directly into your home outlet.
  9. Protect your generator from exposure to rain and snow. Generators produce powerful voltage; DO NOT operate under wet conditions.
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