Dangers of Portable Generators

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Dangers of Portable Generators


Gordon Graham
Category: Public Safety

Gordon Graham here with Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Today’s Tip is for public safety.

Generators can produce high levels of carbon monoxide very quickly.

Today’s tip deals with the dangers associated with portable generators.  

In the aftermath of the series of hurricanes that hit the Caribbean and the southeast United States in 2017millions of people were without power. In previous Today’s Tips, we’ve talked about the need to prepare for natural disasters by having supplies and equipment ready, including a portable generator. 

But today I would like to talk about the associated dangers. Here’s what FEMA has to say about portable generators. “Most of the deaths and injuries associated with portable generators are from carbon monoxide poisoning when generators are used indoors or in partially enclosed spaces. 

Generators can produce high levels of carbon monoxide very quickly. You cannot smell or see carbon monoxide. 

Even if you don’t smell exhaust fumes, you may be exposed. The CO from generators can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Follow these safety tips to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning: 

Never use a generator indoors or in an enclosed space like a home or garage including a basement or crawl space. Don’t use a generator in partially enclosed areas even with ventilation. Opening doors and  windows or using fans will not prevent CO build-up. Locate the unit outdoors and away from doors, windows, and vents. 

Even if you have no plans of ever using a generator near your house, you should still install a CO alarm in your home. 

Use portable generators wisely and safely. 

And that’s Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Gordon Graham, signing off. 

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