Portable Generator Safety (Part 1)
Portable Generator Safety
Every year unfortunate accidents related portable generators end up causing physical injury and death.
The majority involve CO poisoning from generators used indoors or in partially enclosed spaces.
The others are related to improper set-up and installation and not knowing or ignoring clearly
stated safety rules. Notably, these tragic incidents and accidents could have been altogether avoided.
Simply put, when used improperly, portable generators become hazardous to your health, safety, life and
Set up and used properly, you can enjoy the benefits of portable generators without any
hitches. There are six eminent dangers associated with these devices. With the
advice of the experts at findgenerators.net, you can spare yourself and others from these dangers:
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Portable generators, when
running, emit a highly toxic gas known as carbon monoxide or CO. What makes this gas so dangerous is that it
is literally impossible to detect because it is both odorless and colorless. Remember, you cannot smell or see
More often than not, people succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning without ever realizing they were in harm’s way.
You can avoid carbon dioxide poisoning by placing the portable generator only in areas specified by our experts.
Here is our list of do’s and don’ts concerning this potential hazard.
• DO NOT ever run a portable generator indoors; that means
DO NOT run them in: rooms, basements, garages, crawlspaces or any other enclosed space. Even if the room or
area has ventilation, take note: portable generators were not meant to run indoors, not even in partially enclosed
• DO NOT ever position a portable generator
beside any window, door or vent or near any opening in which people or animals may be visiting, staying or
living. A common myth is; if you open doors and windows or use fans you can prevent CO
build-up; THIS IS A COMPLETELY FALSE STATEMENT! Carbon monoxide from portable generators can seep through windows,
doors and openings even though it is running outdoors.
• DO advise everyone that will be near a portable
generator of the hazards and symptoms of CO poisoning and the safety precautions. If anyone
experiences symptoms of carbon dioxide poisoning, which include: nausea, dizziness, headache and tiredness,
get to fresh air IMMEDIATELY, then seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY! DO advise the medical staff that CO
poisoning is suspected. DO contact the fire department so that they can determine when it is safe to re-enter
• DO install battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms. These alarms save lives! They
should be certified to the requirements of the latest safety standards for CO alarms. Test them frequently
and replace weak and dead batteries.
• DO follow all of the set-up and operation instructions
that come with your portable generator.
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