Carbon monoxide - the "Invisible Killer". This gas has no odor or color and is very dangerous. Each year people suffer from illness or even death due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices inside a home, garage, or any partially enclosed area. Place the unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
Avoid using a generator in a wet area - this can cause shock or electrocution.
Connect appliances to generators with grounded, heavy-duty extension cords to prevent electrical fires.
Don't fuel your generator when it is running. Turn if off and let it cool. Adding fuel to a hot motor is a fire hazard!
Did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths? Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. With a few simple safety tips, you can prevent most heating fires from happening.
Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power.
After a power outage, never taste food to determine its safety. You will have to evaluate each item separately - use this chart as a guide. When in Doubt, Throw it Out!
A full freezer will hold a safe temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 if it is half full and the door remains closed). Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below, however, its quality may suffer. Use this chart as a general guide.