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First Responders share generator safety tips

First Responders share generator safety tips
First Responders share generator safety tips
Posted at 4:50 PM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 13:59:03-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - As Irma continues to near Florida, it seems to be bringing back memories from Hermine, a storm that left most of Tallahassee in the dark for days on end.

After Hurricane Hermine last year, many people decided to buy generators this time around to keep their lights on and lives feeling more normal.

First and foremost, all owners of a generator need to read the owner's manual. This will tell them how much power their generator can handle.

While many people may not think about it, it's imperative that you turn of your generator and let it cool down before refueling it. This helps prevent fires and other dangers. And the biggest thing to keep in mind is the placement of the generator.

"Always use a generator outside away from doors and windows of your home to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning inside the home," said David Morrison, an engineer at the Tallahassee Fire Department. "We also recommend that folks have, that are running generators, would have a carbon monoxide alarm to alert them if carbon monoxide levels are elevated inside the home."

If a person is inhaling carbon monoxide, they'll begin to feel dizzy and get a headache and should be moved away from the generator and into fresh air.