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October 19, 2010

Safety Tip: Operating Generators

Generators are commonly used on many worksites, but the onset of colder weather is a good time to review generator safety tips for new users. Here are some tips from the National Fire Prevention Association.
  • Use generators only in well-ventilated locations outside
  • Place generators so exhaust fumes can't enter the building through windows, doors or other openings
  • Never use a generator indoors, even with doors or windows open
  • Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling
  • Never refuel a generator while it is running
  • Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such
  • Store fuel containers outside of work areas
See home generator safety tips from the NFPA. (pdf)
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