Power Outage – Dangers of Portable Generators

portable_generator_safety_tipsPortable generators are also used at home and the workplace to power essential equipment during power outages. Improper installation and use can endanger occupants of the building, utility workers and others.

When using a portable generator, follow these precautions:

  • Choose the correct generator for the job. Do not exceed the load rating recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Carefully follow all manufacturer’s advice, including instructions about grounding.
  • Connect the appliance you want to use directly to the generator.
  • Do not connect the generator directly to the building wiring system. This can cause electricity to backfeed into the utility electrical system, endangering utility workers and other users.
  • Run the generator only in a well-ventilated area to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide from burning fuel. This odorless, invisible gas can kill if it accumulates indoors. Place the generator outside in a dry location away from air intakes.
  • Use caution when handling and storing fuel. Turn off the generator for refueling because gasoline vapors can catch fire and explode if ignited by a spark.
  • Use the correct size of extension cords and keep them free of damage and moisture. You must use three-prong cords for safe grounding. Do not allow cords to become tripping hazards and don’t run them under rugs where they can overheat and start a fire.

via Staying Safe During a Power Outage | SafetyXChange.

What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly

Here are some tips on what to do when the power goes out unexpectedly.

  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only.
  • If the power is out longer than two hours, throw away food that has a temperature higher than 40°F.
  • Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
  • In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
  • Wear layers of clothing, which help to keep in body heat.
  • Avoid power lines and use electric tools and appliances safely to prevent electrical shock.

via CDC | What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly.