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 Safety & Comfort





  properly, you can place yourself as well as OEC line crews at risk of injury or death. The U.S. Consumer Product


Safety Commission reports that   according to its most recent data.  generator use. 


ever use a generator indoors— even with windows open—or in an enclosed area, including  generator where fumes cannot      matter of minutes. If you plan to  monoxide detector, and test the  To avoid risk of shock, use


your generator only on a dry surface where rain or snow can’t leak or puddle underneath. If  create an open-air, tent-like     You also need to protect folks


working to restore power. Never  into a wall outlet in your home.  dangerous risk to the safety


   that are permanently installed, a licensed electrician will need to install a “transfer switch” that complies with the National Electric Code. The switch safely cuts the electricity to the power lines. And  install a generator to ensure safety for yourself and lineworkers.


A few other rules are important to keep top of mind:


 Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety tips for your generator.


 Plug appliances into the outlet on the generator using only heavy-


duty extension cords marked  the wattage use of each appliance


plugged in and make sure the total does not exceed the cord’s wattage rating. In addition, the cords should have three prongs and 


 Shut down the generator 


refuel—gasoline or kerosene spilled on a hot generator could 


  


Count the wattages for the lighting and appliances—you’ll want to purchase a generator that can handle the load.


Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, American Red Cross, Electrical Safety Foundation International


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Portable generators are helpful in an extended power outage, but they can create serious safety hazards if not used correctly. Source: Daniel Cima, American Red Cross


OEC News Magazine | November 2012


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