Portable Generator Safety

Perhaps you’ve lost power to your home several times in the past year and ended up spending hours or days without electricity to keep the lights on and the heat running. You decide to invest in a portable generator to temporarily power your home when the next power outage occurs. It’s a practical idea. In an emergency, portable electric generators are useful when temporary power is needed. But be aware that they can be very hazardous if safety precautions are not followed.

 The most common dangers involving generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). CO deaths associated with generators have spiked in recent years as generator sales have risen. Generators were associated with 6 CO deaths in 1999. That number rose to approximately 75 CO deaths a year in 2005-2006. An estimated 34 percent of the 1999-2006 deaths occurred during the winter months.

 To help keep you and your neighbors safe, NFPA and Burlington Community Fire Protection District recommend that you follow these guidelines:









With these precautions, help us meet the goal of decreasing the number of portable electric generator accidents in our community.