Inclement Weather: Portable Generator Safety Tips
Hurricane season and the extreme winter weather is upon us and the use of portable generators drastically increase with the weather conditions. Both the USCPSC and the NSC have issued statements with regards to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if portable generators are not used properly. When it comes to inclement weather, portable generator safety tips should be followed:
- Read the label. In 2006, the USCPS fought to include carbon monoxide warning labels on portable generators.
- Never use indoors. Although you might be tempted to run your generator inside so you can power certain electronics, the carbon monoxide emitted from the engine can be deadly. This includes operating a generator inside your garage.
- Follow 20 feet rule. Keep your portable generator 20 feet from your home. If that means stocking up on extra long extension cords, please do so.
- Use outdoor extension cords. Make sure extension cords are the grounded type and keep uncoiled and flat during use.
- Prepare for weather. The powerful voltage of the generator means not operating in wet conditions. That may sound impossible during hurricane season, but take the time to prepare early by providing the proper cover and placement to run the generator safely should you lose power. Never run a portable generator that is in or has been submerged in water.
These 5 portable generator safety tips will help you stay safe while you maintain power in your home during inclement weather. Be prepared before the storm hits!
Source: National Safety Commission