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Generator Safety Tips for Beckley?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

A generator is running outside a house. We restore storm damage in Raleigh County.

Generators are a great resource when the power goes out, but they can be deadly when misused. SERVPRO® of Beckley offers these tips for preventing carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning when using a generator from the American Red Cross:

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace, or any partially enclosed area
  • Keep these devices outdoors, away from doors, windows, and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to total incapacitation and death
  • Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel health effects while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY - DO NOT DELAY.
  • Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide
  • Test the batteries frequently and replace when needed
  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door

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When your home or commercial business needs storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained technicians on-call 24-hours a day to assist you. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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