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Toms River Fire Prevention Urges Generator Safety

Tips to avoid injury

Column as submitted by Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention:

Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention reminds residents using potable generators to make sure they follow the manufactures instructions in the proper use and storage of generators.

The proper placement of the generator is extremely important. Generators emit carbon monoxide fumes and can build up rapidly in an enclosed area .

Generators need to be placed outside and away from the home with the exhaust fumes away from windows and doors and vents.

Gasoline should also be placed away from the home in an approved container.

A qualified electrician should be utilized if you are going to connect your generator  to house wiring for larger appliances, Never use generators in homes,garages, basements, or enclosed areas.

With the devastation we are experiencing many residents may accidently overlook these important facts.

Robert Yaiser
Public Education Officer

Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention

southpaw3140 November 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Also filling with fuel. make sure generator is off and cool before filling. also should be filled in a well ventilated area.
Rachel Tomasi November 12, 2012 at 12:38 AM
That's upsetting bc my brothers electrician told him he didn't need to shut to fill just not to breathe In for long.
Kaimilla Brown November 16, 2012 at 07:49 AM
Safety first! It is very important that you should take precautions while you'll be using a generator. Carbon monoxide poisoning is very dangerous and it is important that you have carbon monoxide detector at home too. Generators can also cause fire owners should check their generators always for leaks.

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