Winter has arrived and that means heavy snow falls, downed utility lines and power outages.
Many people turn to a portable generator for a temporary solution without knowing the risks.
Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows and vent openings.
Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building.
Make sure to install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is hot.
Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for that purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.
When plugging in appliances, make sure they are plugged directly into the generator or a heavy duty outdoor-rated extension cord.
If you must connect the generator to the house wiring to power appliances, have a qualified electrician install a properly rated transfer switch in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC) and all applicable state and local electrical codes.