Need Temporary Power? Use Caution with Portable Generators!
Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
During power outages, portable generators can be used to help temporarily restore power to a few key appliances such as refrigerators, lights and fans. Portable generators that use fuels such as gasoline, natural gas or kerosene are widely available. However, if they are not used correctly they can be hazardous because these generators give off toxic fumes, like carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is toxic gas you cannot see or smell but could kill you in minutes.
For more information please visit EPA’s websites on Safely Provide Power for Lighting, Cooking and Heating During an Emergency and Carbon Monoxides’ Impact on Indoor Air Quality