Generators can be helpful when the power goes out for an extended period of time. It is important to know how use them 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:

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