Carbon monoxide is referred to as the “invisible killer” because it’s both colorless and odorless. Portable generators, which are often used during power outages, pose a risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that more than 80 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Portable Generator Risks
Using a generator indoors can cause fatalities within minutes. Never use a portable generator inside a home or garage, even if you have the doors and windows open. Generator exhaust contains carbon monoxide. Only use generators outdoors, at least 20 feet away from the house, and far away from windows, doors, and vents.
If you use a generator, make sure to keep it well maintained. Always read and follow the instructions, labels, and warnings on the generator and in the owner’s manual. If you’re planning to buy a generator, look for a model that shuts off automatically when high carbon monoxide levels are present.
Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
Install carbon monoxide detectors (battery-operated or with battery backup) outside sleeping areas and on each floor of your home. Test the alarms monthly. Be aware of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, sleepiness, confusion, and vomiting. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get outside immediately and then call 911.
Don’t use a portable generator inside a home, garage, crawlspace, shed, or on a porch. Never leave a car running in an attached garage. If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, don’t ignore it. Get outside right away.
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