Generator Safety Tips
This is the time of year when having a generator can be a lifesaver. But using a generator has some risks you should be aware of. Here’s a list of safety tips courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association:
- Generators should be used in a well ventilated locations outside 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.
- Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
- Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running.
- Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.
Download a copy of the official NFPA flyer on generator safety