As residents in the path of tropical storms rely on generators to keep their homes up and running, Briggs and Stratton Power Products recommends the following generator safety tips:
- Always read and follow the manufacturer's operating and instructions before running generator.
- Engines emit carbon monoxide. Do not run generator in enclosed area.
- Use your generator outdoors only, away from open windows, vents, or doors. Never use your generator inside homes, garages, crawl spaces, or other enclosed areas. Using a fan and opening doors or windows does not provide enough fresh air.
- Use a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector when running your generator.
- Gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable, allow engine to cool at least 2 minutes before refueling. Always use fresh gas in your generator. If you do not plan to use your generator in 30 days, stabilize the gas with fuel stabilizer.
- Maintain your generator according to the maintenance schedule for peak performance and safety.
- Do not operate the generator near combustible materials.
- When using extension cords, be sure they are of the grounded type and are rated for the application. Coiled cords can get hot, always uncoil cords and lay them in flat open locations.
- If you are connecting a generator into your home electrical system, have a qualified electrician install a power transfer switch. Never plug your generator directly into your home outlet.
- Protect your generator from exposure to rain and snow. Generators produce powerful voltage; Do not operate under wet conditions.
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