Winter is right around the corner, and with seasonal power outages a common occurrence in the Hudson Valley — and the Northeast in general — from ice and wet, heavy snow, generators make for a very useful investment. However, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with its use, including fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, and damage to electrical equipment.
- Scout Motto: Be Prepared. Keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times.
- Proper Placement. Ensure that you park your generator away from any vents or windows to avoid carbon monoxide from making its way inside.
- Avoid Wall Outlets. Plugging your generator into a wall outlet will put you and others at risk of exposure to high voltage.
- Ventilate. Reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning by simply maintaining air flow around the generator. This is especially vital when the fuel is not yet completely burned. If you begin to feel dizzy or light-headed, go outside for fresh air and shut off the generator.
- Utilize Detection Tools. Better yet, purchase a carbon monoxide detector to warn you of rising CO levels.
- Keep it Clean. Keep debris clear of your generator to avoid fire hazards.
- Keep it Dry. Avoid short circuits and generator fires by keeping it dry at all times.
- Organize the Cords. Don’t let the cords get in your way, but be sure to keep them in view to track any fire hazards such as fraying or cuts.
- Grounding. Ground your generator using these instructions from OSHA.
We hope you heed these tips when preparing your generator.
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