Watch your generators, safety during outages

STATEWIDE (September 11, 2018) – During the upcoming severe weather State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci is reminding the Citizens of Maryland to take care in the use of portable generators.  Many people use portable generators during power outages.  The most common risks of using the generators are carbon monoxide poisoning, electrical shock, electrocution and fires.

       NEVER use portable generators inside a home, garage or shed.  USE the GENERATOR OUTSIDE ONLY.  Carbon monoxide from portable generators is poisonous and can kill in just minutes.  Therefore, make sure you have CO detectors properly installed in your home and that they are working.

        While in operation, portable generators should be in a well ventilated area away from all doors, windows and vent openings.  Whether your garage is attached or detached to the house, do not use the generator inside.  Opening the garage door is not an option.  Never refuel the generator while it is in use and before refueling, make sure it has cooled.  Make sure fuel is stored in the proper approved container and that the container is stored outside of all living areas.

*Information contributed by Consumer Product Safety Commission and National Fire Protection Association.

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