Safety precautions for using a generator to power your home -- view tips here


DETROIT – The Detroit Fire Department offers these safety precautions for using generators to power a home: 

  • Never operate a generator indoors or in an unventilated area. The exhaust contains deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
  • Do not store gasoline for a generator indoors. Gasoline should be stored in an approved, non-glass safety container. Extinguish all flames or cigarettes when handling gasoline or the generator. Always have a fully charged, approved fire extinguisher located near the generator.
  • Make sure you have enough fuel to run a generator for an extended period of time; during a power outage, gas stations may be closed.
  • Never refuel a generator while it is running. Shut it off and let it cool for 10 minutes before refueling to minimize the danger of fire.
  • Parts of the generator are very hot during operation. Avoid contact especially with the muffler area. Keep children away at all times.
  • Protect the generator from rain and other moisture sources to prevent electrocution.
  • When not in use, store the generator in a dry location such as a garage or shed.

Homeowners are also encouraged to put together an emergency use kit for their home to prepare for power outages.

The kit should include:

  • Flashlights
  • Battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Candles
  • Blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Nonperishable food
  • Battery operated lantern
  • Drinking water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Some emergency cash

For more information about the safe use of generators, call the Detroit Fire Department Fire Marshal Division at (313) 596-2968.

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