Millions of Americans have been without power as a result of the winter storms. In previous years, press sources have indicated that 15 or more people have died as a result of the below-freezing temperatures. It is life-threatening to be exposed to these low temperatures. Improper generator use has also been linked to deaths, as carbon monoxide poisoning can occur. The following are the most important things to know about using generators properly.
When Using Backup Power Generators, Use Caution.
Some county residents may rely on portable generators for emergency electricity during long-term power outages. Standby or portable electric generators carry little risk if installed and run appropriately, but poor installation or usage can be harmful, even lethal.
The Proper Use of a Generator
To use the generator, follow the instructions that came with it. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electric shock or electrocution, and fire can all result from improper generator operation.
Indoors, never use a portable generator – If you or someone in your house becomes ill, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get out of there as soon as possible. Install CO alarms that are battery-operated or have a battery backup in your house. Battery testing and replacement should be done on a regular basis.
Turning Off the Generator
Turn off and disconnect any appliances and equipment that are powered by the generator before turning it off.
Remember to clean up after yourself in between usage. It’s critical to empty the fuel from the generator before storing it. Before an emergency scenario arises, test the fuel and oil filters, spark plug, oil level, and fuel quality, and start the generator on a regular basis.
Have additional questions about using generators during power outages?
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