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Posted on: March 9, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Summit Fire Department Issues Information on Generator Safety during Power Outages

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The Summit Fire Department asks citizens to employ the following safety tips when using a generator:

  • Never use a generator inside a home, garage, crawl space, or other enclosed areas. Fatal carbon monoxide fumes can build up, that neither a fan nor open doors and windows can properly ventilate.
  • Always use a generator outdoors, away from open windows, vents, or doors.
  • Use a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector when running a generator.
  • Use extension cords that are grounded and rated for generator use. Coiled cords can get extremely hot; always uncoil cords and lay flat in open locations.
  • Never plug a generator directly into a home outlet. If connecting a generator into a home electrical system, have a qualified electrician install a power transfer switch.
  • Take precautions to protect your generator from exposure to rain and snow. Never operate under wet conditions.

For more information on the Summit Fire Department and generator safety, please visit

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