Severe weather events are getting more commonplace each year. This has prompted millions of Americans…
Severe weather events are getting more commonplace each year. This has prompted millions of Americans to invest in a backup generator, so they can keep essential electricity flowing even when the power is out. However, it’s important to observe proper safety precautions.
Utility operator FirstEnergy is offering these tips for staying safe when the power is out:
- Never use a portable generator inside the house or a closed garage in the event of a power outage. Ensure the proper generator is selected and installed by a qualified electrician.
- When operating a generator, the power coming into the home should always be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back onto the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.
- Gather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. Do not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters or other open-flame heat sources to prevent deadly carbon monoxide gas from building up in your home.