Generating Carbon Monoxide
Your generator supports you in emergencies. When the power in your home goes out unexpectedly, your generator can relay power to the most important appliances and systems. But while it can generate enough electricity to power your home, it can also generate a lot of carbon monoxide (which can be extremely dangerous).
So how can you use a generator and keep yourself safe from harmful carbon monoxide gas at the same time?
Keeping a Safe Distance
The best way to avoid carbon monoxide buildup in your home is by keeping your portable generator outside and preferably at a safe distance of at least 20 feet — placing it in your garage with an open door won’t suffice. While you’re at it, make sure to vent the exhaust coming from your generator away from your home to lower the chances that the gas will get back in.
Aside from keeping a safe distance from your generator, make sure to perform regular maintenance checks and avoid operating portable generators in the rain, as an extra precaution.
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