Safety First: Carbon Monoxide
Colorless, Odorless, Deadly
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2011 was a record-breaking year for climate extremes. Much of the United States faced historic levels of severe weather, and many families are still feeling the effects and trying to rebuild.
One of the best ways to restore normalcy during the aftermath of a storm is to regain power by use of a portable generator. Although many people are aware of the benefits to using a portable generator, they are often unaware of the hidden danger.
Generators used to restore power can be extremely hazardous and even life threatening when not properly operated and maintained. The primary hazard when using a generator is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust. Unlike fire or smoke – CO is a deadly gas that you cannot see or smell.
According to the CPSC, more than 150 people in the United States die every year from accidental non-fire related CO poisonings associated with consumer products. Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people are unaware they are being exposed.
The goal of Briggs & Stratton is to be proactive in helping you understand the dangers of CO poisoning. We are committed to education on proper selection, safe usage and regular maintenance of portable generators.
For additional information on Carbon Monoxide Hazards and Safety, visit www.cpsc.gov.
Learn how to get involved in your community, prepare and train for local disasters by visiting www.nsc.org or www.citizencorps.gov.
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