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Generator Safety


Prepare for winter storms and outages with these generator safety tips. 


1. Safety first. Never connect a generator to your home’s electrical system without an approved transfer switch.


2. Never operate a generator of any kind without first reading all the manufacturers operating procedures.


3. Make sure you properly vent fumes to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.


4. Avoid running the generator in areas where carbon monoxide can enter the home. Maintain at least three to four feet clearance on each side of the generator to aid with ventilation.


5. Always operate the generator on a level, dry surface.  Never use a generator with wet hands or while standing in water. When possible, use extension cords and generators with additional ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection. 


6. Wait for engine to cool before refueling. Adding fuel to a hot generator, could start a fire. Always use the proper type of fuel, which should also be stored in an approved safety container.


7. Plug appliances into grounded, 3-prong extension cords rated for outdoor safety.  Remember, plugging the generator directly into the house could result in dangerous backfeed.  Check that the extension cord is free of damage. Follow all manufacturers maintenance instructions.


8. If you suspect that carbon monoxide is present in the house, seek fresh air immediately.


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