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. ┬áHere’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┬ámonoxide (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