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Top Safety Tips for Sudden Power Outages

WI Staff Writer | 2/10/2010, 7:15 p.m.

Power Outages
€ Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting.
€ Never use candles!€
€ Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.
€ Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer.
€ Do not run a generator inside a home or garage.
€ If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a generator to a home's electrical system.
€ Listen to local radio and television for updated information.
Using Portable Generators Safely
€ The primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, and fire. € Follow the directions supplied with the generator. Every year, people die in incidents related to portable generator use. € Under no circumstances should portable generators be used indoors, including inside a garage, carport, basement, crawlspace, or other enclosed or partially-enclosed area, even with ventilation.
€ Be sure to turn the generator off and let it cool down before refueling. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.
€ Store fuel for the generator in an approved safety can.
€ Be sure to turn the generator off and let it cool down before refueling. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.
€ Store fuel for the generator in an approved safety can.

Source: Prince George€s County Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department