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Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but they can also be hazardous. The primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, fire and burns.
Every year, people die in incidents related to portable generator use. Most of the incidents associated with portable generators reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) involve CO poisoning from generators used indoors or in partially enclosed spaces.
If you start to feel sick, dizzy or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air right away. Do not delay. The CO from generators can rapidly kill you.
Danger labels are required on all portable generators manufactured or imported on or after May 14, 2007.
Follow these safety tips to protect against CO poisoning:
For more information, download the CPSC fact sheet on portable generators:
For additional information on safe generator use, click here:
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
American Red Cross