Generator Safety Tips That Will Get You Through a Storm, and Maybe Save Your Life
More than 900 people died of carbon monoxide poisoning, and thousands injured, while using portable generators from 2005 to 2017.
In the aftermath of a storm, a generator is an invaluable piece of equipment that can, at the very least, help your life begin to feel normal again.
But because you probably rarely rely on a generator, it’s easy to overlook the basic safety measures that should be routine with such equipment.
Unintentional generator misuse leads to deaths from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, injuries from close calls, and burns—all of which happen too often during power outages and storms. Carbon monoxide can kill you in as little as 5 minutes if the levels are high enough.
According to Consumer Reports, To protect yourself and your family you need to . . .