Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed but they can be hazardous. The primary hazards to avoid when using them are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock or electrocution, and fire. The US Fire Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (
) offer the following life-saving tips that could make a big difference:
Did you know?
- From 1990-2003, 228 carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning deaths were associated with portable generators, as reported to the CPSC.
- From 2001 to 2003, the number of reported CO poisoning deaths associated with portable generators doubled.
- The most common improper placement of portable generators that result in injury or death are in: crawl spaces, basements, and attached garages (within or in close proximity to the home).
Following these simple generator safety tips can boost survival rates dramatically:
Portable Generator Life-Saving Tips