Distance yourself from the dangers of Carbon Monoxide by taking it outside. Learn more about how to keep yourself safe from this colorless, odorless threat.


CO Guard™ Carbon Monoxide Shutdown

This all-new, patent-pending technology shuts down your generator when harmful levels of carbon monoxide accumulate in the generator's operating area.

  • Advanced Detection. Added Protection.

    Our industry-leading carbon monoxide (CO) shutdown technology is designed to shut off the portable generator if harmful levels of CO accumulate in the generator's operating area.

  • No False Shutdowns.

    CO Guard™'s patent-pending algorithm protects users from false shutdowns, even when the generator is providing maximum output in heavy-wind conditions.

  • Portable Generator Safety

    As a member of the Portable Generator Manufacturers' Association, Briggs & Stratton invites homeowners to visit www.TakeYourGeneratorOutside.com to learn more about portable generator safety.


Take it Outside

As the only safe place to operate a portable generator, taking it outside is absolutely mandatory to keep you safe from carbon monoxide. Visit TakeYourGeneratorOutside.com for more information and safety tips.


Safety First

Portable generators are easy and safe to use when correctly operated. Below are some usage tips you should keep in mind.

know the symptoms

Know the Symptoms

Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath and fatigue. If you experience symptoms, get to fresh air immediately.

always read the owner's manual first

Always Read the Owner'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.

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.

Keep it Away from Doors and Windows

To prevent emissions from drifting indoors, always place your portable generator as far as possible away from doors and windows.

Point Fumes in a Different Direction

Point Fumes in a Different Direction

Since portable generators sit in one place and run for an extended time, it's important to place it downwind and point the engine exhaust away from any nearby people.

If You Feel Symptoms, Leave Right Away.

If You Feel Symptoms, Leave Right Away

Very high levels of carbon monoxide can cause victims to lose conscious quickly. If you experience symptoms, don't attempt to turn off the portable generator before moving to fresh air.

Before using your portable generator, follow the instructions in your operator's manual.