Michigan’s winter storms can cause power outages – and if you’re like many people, you have a generator.
Follow these generator safety tips during a winter storm.
Generator Safety Tips to Keep in Mind During Winter Storms
- Know the possible hazards
- Fuel your generator wisely
- Use it in an appropriate area
Possible Generator Hazards
There are plenty of hazards associated with using a generator during a winter storm (or any other time, for that matter). They pose hazards like:
- Shocks and electrocution
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Fire hazards
- Noise and vibration hazards
How to Fuel a Generator
When you fuel a generator, it needs to be completely shut off and cooled down. Gasoline and other generator fuels can ignite when they hit hot parts, so even a small splash can cause a fire.
Keep your fuel containers away from heat-generating devices.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for fueling. Never use stale or contaminated gasoline, and avoid getting dirt or water in the fuel tank.
Only fuel a generator in a well-ventilated area.
Using a Generator in an Appropriate Area
Carbon monoxide can build up quickly, and because it’s odorless, you’ll never even know it’s there. Use your generator only in well-ventilated outdoor areas. Never use your generator near any fuel source or inside a house, garage, basement or crawlspace – any partially enclosed area is dangerous, too. Don’t use it near open windows, either.
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