Norwall Issues Portable Generator Safety Guidelines for Power Outages

June 10, 2019

Homeowner Safety Necessary for Safe Generator Use after Hurricanes and Storms 

Carbon monoxide, a byproduct of internal combustion engines, causes an average of 66 fatalities related to Portable Generator use in the United States every year. Those who ignore the safety warnings about put themselves and everyone else in their home at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Yet many ignore the highly visible safety warnings on their generators and in the user manuals.

Every year, power outages leave millions of people without necessities including refrigeration, heating and cooling, or sump pumps, often when their homes and families are the most vulnerable. Following a hurricane, it may take utility crews days or even weeks to restore power. In the meantime, they turn to .

Ann Marie Buerkle, of the Consumer Product Safety Commission makes the danger clear. “Portable generators can produce high levels of carbon monoxide, a deadly, odorless, and colorless gas.” Never use a indoors or in an enclosed space for any reason, including the garage or a shed.

As the Atlantic Hurricane Season gets underway with up to seven hurricanes and the possibility of four major hurricanes in this year’s forecast, Norwall PowerSystems () reminds everyone to review their before using a during a power outage.

All outdoor power equipment carries with it the responsibility for safe use. Portable Generators are no different and when owners follow the correct procedures, they provide .

  • Always place portable generators at least 20 feet from the home, away from open windows or vents, and where the prevailing wind won’t blow exhaust at the home or a neighboring home.
  • Use Carbon monoxide detectors. They provide advance warning when CO levels rise and save lives by detecting a gas that humans cannot.
  • Don’t run portables in the rain. that attach to the generator provide the best protection without endangering those using it while allowing access to controls, outlets, and fuel tank.
  • Avoid electrical hazards. A transfer switch is best. Heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cords connect appliances directly to the generator. Never try to through an appliance outlet. It endangers neighbors and utility workers.

provide an excellent alternative to portables. Permanently installed, they start and run automatically on natural gas or propane. Designed to provide power to an entire home, installation procedures virtually eliminate the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning or any electrical hazard. They work in any weather, including a category 5 hurricane.

About Norwall PowerSystems

Norwall PowerSystems, established in 1997, specializes in the sale of emergency backup power generators and outdoor power equipment. Norwall stocks 1000s of standby generators, portable generators, automatic transfer switches, and replacement parts in multiple warehouses throughout the US for immediate shipment. With over 75 years of combined experience in the electrical and power plant arenas, sales staff provide courteous and knowledgeable service to customers by listening, taking notes, and providing information in a timely manner. Regular, factory-sponsored training keeps staff up to date on new products. Now in business over 20 years, Norwall has shipped a quarter-million generators.

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