Portable generators are a great way to power your tailgate, jobsite or home in an emergency. It’s important that you know the right way to operate your generator to keep your family and friends safe from carbon monoxide.
Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless toxic gas that when inhaled, can poison and kill you. The following are common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Shortness of breath
Always read the owner’s manual first
Make sure you read the operator’s manual before using your generator. Manufacturers will recommend procedures for keeping you and your family safe while the generator is running.
Keep it outside and away from doors and windows
ALWAYS keep your generator outside and at least 20 ft. from your house, garage, enclosed and occupied spaces. It should be far away from doors and windows too.
Point fumes away from nearby people
Keep the exhaust pointed downwind and away from people to minimize the chance of fumes drifting.
Stay alert with carbon monoxide detectors
Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home, and test the battery regularly. Make sure you alarm meets current UL safety standards.