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CPSC Warns Consumers to Take Precautions When Using Portable Generators

Tropical Storm Barry became Hurricane Barry over the weekend, reminding us all that hurricane season…

  • July 28, 2019

Tropical Storm Barry became Hurricane Barry over the weekend, reminding us all that hurricane season can come early, last long and bring severe weather. Such weather events often knock out power, and lead to millions of Americans switching on their portable generators.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is alerting consumers to take precautions. Consumers need to be especially careful during power outages, as the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and fire increase. Here’s how you can keep your family safe.

  • Use portable gas generators safely. Read the label on your generator and the owner’s manual BEFORE use.
  • If you lose power, use your generator OUTSIDE your house ONLY, at least 20 feet from your home.
  • NEVER use a generator inside a home, garage or shed. Carbon monoxide from generators is poisonous and can KILL you in minutes. CO is called the “invisible killer” because you cannot see it or smell it.
  • Make sure you have working CO alarms in your home.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms too. Check the batteries!

Find out more at www.cpsc.gov.