Noember 8, 2021 – Cal OES offers tips on how to use generators safely.
Do not use generators indoors or in confined, poorly ventilated areas.
Keep them outside, away from buildings and anything flammable, even dry brush.
Fumes from a generator can be dangerous for you, your family or pets.
Check with neighbors and family to ensure they are aware of the risks of operating generators.
If you are using a generator for any reason, this information can help keep you and your household safe:
Place generators at least 20 feet away from your home, downwind away from open doors, windows and vents.
Before refueling it turn off the generator and le it cool for 15-20 minutes.
Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet: instead, use a heavy duty, outdoor extension cord to plug appliances into generators.
Do not use generators in rain or wet conditions
Place a fire extinguisher nearby.
Make sure your home has operating fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Source: Cal OES