Getting a generator comes with certain risks, Red Cross says

As many across the region deal with power outages, the Red Cross is warning those considering buying a generator for their homes about the hazards they could bring.

News 12 Staff

Aug 6, 2020, 11:14 PM

Updated 1,392 days ago

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As many across the region deal with power outages, the Red Cross is warning those considering buying a generator for their homes about the hazards they could bring.
The Red Cross says risks include carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution and starting a fire if they are not used properly.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hundreds of people have died from CO poisoning from portable generators between 2004 and 2013.
The Red Cross provided the following safety tips:
  • Keep your generator dry and don't touch it with wet hands.
  • Turn off your generator and let it cool before refueling.
  • Keep your generator outside to avoid CO poisoning.
According to Roman Electric Co. - keep your generator clean and covered when not using it and empty the fuel tank.
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