Portable Generator Safety Tips
As the only safe way to use a portable generator, taking your generator outside is absolutely mandatory to keep your family safe from carbon monoxide. But there’s even more you can do. By educating yourself about all carbon monoxide risks, you’ll be better prepared to protect your family from this colorless, odorless threat.
KNOW THE SYMPTOMS
Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath and fatigue. If you experience symptoms, get medical help immediately.
ALWAYS READ THE OPERATOR’S MANUAL FIRST
Before starting your portable generator, it’s important to read the operator’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommended precautions and procedures.
STAY ALERT WITH CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
A carbon monoxide alarm will alert your family before toxic levels are reached. Make sure your alarm meets current UL 2034 safety standards and check the battery regularly.
KEEP IT AWAY FROM DOORS AND WINDOWS
To prevent emissions from drifting indoors, always place your portable generator at least 20 ft. (6.1m) from occupied spaces.
POINT FUMES IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION.
Since portable generators sit in one place and run for an extended time, it’s important to point the engine exhaust away from any home or occupied space.
IF YOU FEEL SYMPTOMS, LEAVE RIGHT AWAY
Very high levels of carbon monoxide can cause victims to lose consciousness quickly. So if you experience symptoms, don’t attempt to turn off the generator before moving to fresh air and getting medical help.