A Guide to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Guide to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (CO Poisoning)

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Portable Generator Safety

Every year, tragedy strikes households with deaths related to carbon monoxide poisoning. Many of the cases occur in winter when portable generators are used during power outages. Being knowledgeable about portable generator safety is as important as installing fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors; it could save lives. Follow these guidelines to ensure your safety:

Never use a portable generator indoors. When portable generators are placed in areas such as garages, sheds, or small enclosed spaces, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning multiplies threefold. Fans, windows, and other types of ventilation will not prevent poisoning. Moreover, generators should not be placed near windows as carbon monoxide can creep into the house through them.

Install carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is a “Silent Killer.” It has no taste or smell, making it impossible to detect the fumes without a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide builds up fast and can linger for hours in the air, even after the generator has been shut off.

Use appropriate power cords. In order to ensure portable generator safety, proper power cords to supply the necessary electrical currents are mandatory. Check the manufacturer’s manual for the required wattage and voltage.

Do not overload the generator’s capacity. Never apply more voltage than the generator can produce. This can result in fire and serious injury.

Shut down all equipment first. Powering down all equipment before shutting off the generator is an absolute must in order to avoid the possibility of surging and blowing the generator, which can also lead to fire and injury.

Read the operating manual. Before attempting to operate the generator, always read the manufacturer’s manual first, which will provide you with important safety information, as well as proper usage and storage.

Never operate a generator in an area where children can access it. This is self-explanatory.



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