There is a surprisingly high number of people that suffer death because of their generators each year. Without the proper generator safety information, you could be putting you and those you love at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning without even realizing it. As summer hits, so does the summer storm season. As hurricanes start to be a problem, you want to make sure you are armed with the information needed to ensure that your generator is being used safely in the case that you need it. Environmental Power Solutions is here to share some generator safety tips to help keep you and those you love safe.
Place the Generator in a Safe Area
Part of ensuring your home is safe as you use your generator involves where you place the generator. You should always have the generator placed at least 10 feet outside of the home. The exhaust from the generator produces carbon monoxide gas which is colorless and odorless. There is no way to know if you are experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning until it is too late.
Point the Vents in the Right Direction
Another thing to consider when it comes to generators is the exhaust vent. You want it pointing in the right direction when it is in use. The vent should always be facing away from the home so that the gas isn’t easily spread into the ductwork and vents of the home, creating a dangerous situation.
Generator Safety Tips for Mobile Homes
Those that are using a generator for a mobile home need to be mindful of safety as well. It isn’t safe to place your generator underneath the home. This may seem like a good place where the generator will be protected, but it can cause carbon monoxide problems in the home.
Other Safety Tips for Using a Portable Generator
Using a generator that can’t be supported by your electrical system can put your home at risk of a fire and can be avoided by having a certified electrician inspect your home and let you know what your system can handle. Also, you should avoid using your generator for extended periods of time. When your generator isn’t in use, you should inspect it to make sure there aren’t any oil leaks or loose cables that could cause a problem.
How to Safely Store Your Generator
When you store your generator for long periods of time, you need to continue to start it to keep everything working properly. It is recommended to start the generator once a month to keep it burning properly.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
It is important to know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. It is equally important to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home to keep you safe. Here are the symptoms to be aware of:
• Shortness of Breath
• Chest Pain