Generator Safety Tips
- Never run a generator in an enclosed space or indoors. Move generator to the outside if it’s going to run for a long time frame.
- Before refueling a gasoline powered unit, turn the unit off to refuel. If you have a large L.P. gas unit that starts when the power goes out, make sure the L.P. gas tanks are full and that the generator has had its yearly service and inspection.
- Stock up on extra gasoline and store it in a safe place, away from your home or yard barn.
- Portable generators must be run 15 feet or more from open windows or doors leading into your home.
- The correct way to run a generator is by using transfer switches that are put in by electrical contractors. Never attempt to back feed your house. What does back feeding mean? It is trying to power your homes wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. This is a reckless and dangerous practice. It presents an electrocution risk to utility workers.
- Never user charcoal or wood fires in grills inside your home. These types of fires cause CO poisoning to yourself or family.
- Always have a home safety plan, spare flash lights, batteries, a radio that runs on batteries, water and food for (4) four or (5) five days. Also, candles and matches if you don’t have a generator.
If you have any questions regarding these items, please call our office at 203-775-7306 or the American Red Cross on line. This is a safety message from the Brookfield Fire Marshal’s office.
David A Lathrop.
Town of Brookfield