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Please Use Generators Safely

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on September 15, 2017

Pasco County Building Construction Services Department is reminding residents to use portable generators with caution. While the use of electric generators can make your recovery from a storm more comfortable, they can result in injury or death if not used properly.

Follow these tips to ensure the safe operation of your generator during any power outage:

To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Always use generators outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents. NEVER use them in homes, garages, or other enclosed or partially-enclosed areas, even with ventilation.
  • Install & test battery-operated or battery-backup carbon monoxide alarms in your home.

To avoid a potentially fatal electric shock:

  • Keep the generator dry and on a dry surface in an open area.
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator or use a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord that is free of cuts or tears and has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin.
  • NEVER plug the generator into a wall outlet which can cause electrocution risk to utility workers and others served by the same utility transformer.

To avoid a fire hazard:

  • Before refueling the generator, turn it off and let it cool.
  • Always store fuel outside of living areas in labeled containers.
  • Store fuel away from any fuel-burning appliance.