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GCFD: Be Aware of Generator Dangers

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many residents have turned to portable generators for a temporary solution due to power outages.

Many residents have turned to portable generators for a temporary solution due to power outages without knowing all the risks associated with using the device. (Credit: Lou Minutoli, firstonscenephotos.com)
Many residents have turned to portable generators for a temporary solution due to power outages without knowing all the risks associated with using the device. (Credit: Lou Minutoli, firstonscenephotos.com)
(Editor's Note: The Garden City Fire Department provided the following article.)

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many residents have turned to portable generators for a temporary solution due to power outages without knowing all the risks associated with using the device.

A portable generator is an internal combustion engine that exhausts a deadly gas called carbon monoxide or CO. CO is odorless and colorless, and you can be overcome if the generator is indoors.

The Garden City Fire Department reminds all residents that:
  • Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows and vent openings.
  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
  • Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building.
  • Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
  • Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running.
  • Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.
If you start to feel sick, dizzy or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air right away. Do NOT delay. Evacuate your residence and contact the Garden City Fire Department at 746-2800.

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