Generator Safety Tips to Keep in Mind During Winter Storms

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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