We are fortunate that Winter Storm Juno decided to take a trek east of us. It’s still important that you be aware of hazards associated with the operation of portable generators. Please be reminded of the following:
Never use a generator indoors or in enclosed spaces such as garages, crawl spaces, or basements.
Make sure your generator has 3 to 4 feet of clear space on all sides and above it to ensure adequate ventilation.
Do not use a generator outdoors if it’s placed near doors, windows, and vents as carbon monoxide (CO) could be allowed to enter occupied spaces.
If you show symptoms of CO poisoning–dizziness, headaches, nausea, tiredness–get to fresh air immediately and seek medical attention.
Shocks and electrocution from improper use of power or accidentally energizing other electrical systems are potential hazards– along with fires from improperly refueling a generator.