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Generator safety

May 18, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

One key to surviving more comfortably after a hurricane is having a generator. When a storm takes out the power grid, it can be days to weeks before power is restored.

But generators come with their own hazards, and knowing how to properly use them can save your life, said Ron Martin, executive assistant chief of Life Safety at the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department.

Scott Wirth, executive assistant chief of Operations, recommends having your generator wired up by a professional electrician to make sure it's properly installed.

The most important thing to remember is the generator must be left out in the open air, 15 to 20 feet from your home, and away from the patio or overhang.

"Chain it to a tree if you're concerned someone will take it," Wirth said.

If operated in a contained area, generators can produce carbon monoxide, which is undetectable by a smoke detector, he said. .

Martin also said to shut down a generator before fueling it, and not to smoke while operating it.



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