Health Tip: Using a Generator Safely11/20/12
(HealthDay News) -- A portable generator can be a great source
of power and comfort during electrical outages. But it's vital to
take precautions to prevent deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
The U.S. Fire Administration offers these safety tips when using
a portable generator:
- Only use a generator outdoors, and never place it close to
windows, vents or doors.
- Never use a generator inside a basement, crawl space, garage or
any area with a partial enclosure, even if there appears to be
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home, and make sure
it has a battery backup.
- Frequently test your CO detector and replace the battery as
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