With several people without power after storms, many are relying on generators, but these come with risks. Carbon monoxide is one such risk, which is why installing a battery-operated carbon monoxide monitor is advised. It is also recommended to turn off the main breaker before plugging in the generator. Generators should never be run inside, and in fact should be placed 20 feet or more away from windows, doors and vents. The generator must also be kept dry. When plugging appliances into a generator, don’t connect one extension cord to another. Other safety recommendations include taking proper care of fuel and performing regular maintenance on the generator.
- Investing in a carbon monoxide detector that is battery operated can provide you with more comfort in knowing you’re safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.
- If you’re storing diesel fuel or traditional gasoline, remember that it may need additives after a month has passed to remain usable.
- Routine checkups of your portable unit will help you identify cracks or leaks before they become a safety hazard.
“Generators are for outdoor use only, far away from any physical structures.”