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Avoid deadly fumes, use proper wiring


Here are tips for running portable generators:

• Never run generators inside your home or garage, as they produce potentially deadly carbon monoxide fumes.

• Keep generators away from all open windows, including neighbors' windows, to prevent deadly exhaust from entering a home or business.

• Buy a battery-operated carbon monoxide alarm, which will alert you if carbon monoxide levels become dangerous.

• Always thoroughly read the manufacturer's instructions to avoid dangerous shortcuts and ensure the safe operation of your generator.

• Don't directly connect your generator to your home's wiring. Power from a generator connected to a home's wiring will ''back feed'' into utility lines, potentially severely injuring or killing a neighbor or utility crew working to restore power.

• Turn off all connected appliances before starting your generator.

• Turn connected appliances on one at a time, never exceeding the generator's rated wattage.

• Don't touch a generator if you are wet or are standing in water or on damp ground.

• Never refuel a hot generator or one that is running. Hot engine parts or exhaust can ignite gasoline.

• Ensure you have enough gas stored safely in gas containers.

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