Know the Facts to Protect Yourself and Your Family
As most of us learned last year in the aftermath of back-to-back hurricanes, a generator can definitely come in handy after a severe storm. But for safety, they need to be used with caution. According to a September 2020 NPR article, eight of the 15 Hurricane Laura-related deaths confirmed by the Louisiana Department of Health were attributed to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from portable generators. Generators create fumes of carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that can build quickly in enclosed spaces. At certain levels, just five minutes of exposure is enough to be fatal. Managers at GenSet Enterprises, LLC in Sulphur say it is imperative that generator users understand and be educated on how to operate and maintain their generator, especially on long-term outages such as with last year’s hurricanes.
When using a generator, follow these safety measures:
Safe Home Generator Usage:
Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning When Using a Generator:
For more information, contact Gen-Set at 337-583-2184.
Safety tips listed in this article provided courtesy of the American Red Cross.