Power outages are a big concern when a hurricane hits. Having electricity is especially important for
people with medical needs whose lives depend on having power to run essential medical equipment. A
generator may be a great solution to keeping your home running even when the power goes out.
However, with every hurricane season comes numerous reports about people getting sick or even dying
from improper installation and use of generators. If you are thinking about purchasing a generator for
your home, or if you already have one and don’t have much experience using it, here are some things to
keep in mind when purchasing or using a generator.

Determine how much power you need – Before you purchase a generator, figure out which
appliances and equipment absolutely need to be running if the power goes out. Once you decide
how much wattage you need, it will be easy to determine the size of the generator that will
cover all of your needs safely. This will help you avoid overloading your generator.
Find the best place to run your generator – Figure out the best place to have your generator
running once the power goes out. It have at least 5 feet of clearance on all sides when operating.
It should also be on a level surface where it will not be exposed to excessive moisture, dirt, or
dust.
Never run a generator indoors – Your generator should be in a well-ventilated area to reduce the
risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Most cases of people getting sick or dying as a result of
using a generator are because the generator was too close to the home. A partly enclosed area
such as a garage does not provide adequate ventilation for a generator.
Do not run a generator when it is raining – If your generator is not covered by a well-supported
canopy, tarp, or car port, it should not be on while it is raining. Keep your generator and
yourself dry while the generator is in operation to avoid electrocution.
Fuel your generator safely – Turn off your generator and let it cool off completely before you
add fuel to it. Use only the fuel that’s recommended for your specific generator, and store the
fuel in an approved safety can away from living areas and heat sources. This will help you
avoid starting an accidental fire in your home.

When in doubt, the best way to have a generator in your home safely is to hire a professional electrician
to install and instruct you in the use of your generator.

For more information and other tips on generator safety, please visit:
http://www.broward.org/Hurricane/AtoZ/Pages/GeneratorsBeforeEvent.aspx

Even when you take all the proper precautions to keep your home safe, sometimes accidents happen!
The easiest way to make sure your home is protected is to have a comprehensive homeowners
insurance package.

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