Massachusetts residents are getting hit with their third Nor’easter in 13 days and we’re expecting between 16 to 20 inches of snow before it’s over.
Parts of Plymouth will get even more. Wind gusts could get up to 60 miles per hour and that means power outages.
Here are some safety tips about using generators from www.mass.gov:
Learn to use generators safely to prevent fires, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and electrocution.
Purchasing and preparing to use a generator
- Purchase one that has been approved by a nationally recognized testing agency such as Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL).
- Have a licensed electrician install a transfer switch. Never plug a generator directly into a wall outlet to avoid backfeeding which can electrocute utility workers.
- Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before you need to use the generator.
- Install working CO alarms on every level of the home.
Heating ventilation: Many new homes home heating systems that use direct vent ventilation and not a traditional chimney. Many times these are vented out the side of the home out a pvc pipe, but are only a few feat off the ground. With deep snow expected, make sure to shovel the snow from around the pipe and keep the general area clear so there isn’t any carbon monoxide backing up into your home.
Dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning:
Fire safety tips:
Winter driving tips:
Some additional safety tips for walking on snow and ice:
How to make shoveling easier: