Power Up With These Generator Tips
During a power outage, a generator can become quite coveted. A generator is a device that creates electrical energy. While they are used to create power for large electric grids, many people choose to keep smaller generators in their homes in case of a power outage. Power outages may be caused by a variety of reasons, including storms, fallen power lines, or even animals causing damage to the power lines. Generators can help by restoring power. As helpful as they can be, however, generators also pose risks when used incorrectly.
To prevent injury or death from fires, electrocution, or toxic chemicals, the American Red Cross and the National Fire Protection Association offer some helpful tips:
- Operate the generator in a well-ventilated location 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. Additionally, make sure the fumes aren’t near a neighbor’s door or window.
- Make sure to install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. The alarms will warn you of any excess of dangerous fumes. If you start to feel sick or dizzy, go outside immediately. Carbon monoxide is fatal, even though it has no scent.
- Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running. If the engine is still hot, adding gasoline could result in fire.
- Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose, and make sure it is properly labeled. Store the containers outside of living areas.
- Never use a generator in a wet area, or if your hands are wet, as this could result in electrocution.
Generators should help you, not hurt you. Be safe when operating a generator, and enjoy the extra power that it gives you during an outage!
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