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Fire Marshal's Office asking businesses to encourage generator safety to customers

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Posted at 9:28 AM, Sep 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-02 10:28:08-04

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office is asking hardware store and supply business owners to help their customers when it comes to generator safety.

"Help us help your customers!!" SFM says in a social post.

That ask that if businesses are selling disaster supplies, including portable generators, to consider placing carbon monoxide alarm inventory next to the generator section or display to encourage customers to buy an alarm with the equipment.

They also ask that businesses consider placing some of carbon monoxide monitor supply at checkout counter in case someone who already owns a generator comes in for other supplies and may consider buying one

Generator safety is important after storms knock out power to residents. LDH says that preventable deaths happen when people use generators incorrectly.

Generators produce carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill without warning. That’s why it’s also imperative to have a carbon monoxide detector for your home, especially if you plan on using a generator.

The following generator safety tips are simple, but effective in saving lives:

  • Do not place generators inside of any structure including garages, carports, and sheds
  • Instead, place the generator at least 20 feet away from your home, down-wind away from open doors, windows, and vents
  • Before refueling, turn the generator off and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes
  • Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet
  • Instead, use a heavy-duty, outdoor extension cord to plug appliances into generators
  • Do not use in rain or wet conditions
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby
  • Have a carbon monoxide monitor for your home

To view a video on generator safety, click here:

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