Hidden danger

first_imgRead the instructions.Wait until the storm subsides before turning it on. Never usea generator in wet weather.Put the generator on a dry, flat surface as far away from thehome as possible. Use a rated extension cord to take electricityback into a home. Never place a generator near a door or window,even if they’re closed, or in a garage.Before touching the generator, make sure your hands are dryand you’re not standing in water.Never plug the extension cord running from the generator intoan outlet in the house. This causes the electricity to flowbackwards and could electrocute someone in the house or inanother home. By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaTropical weather systems like Hurricane Dennis leave some hiddendangers behind. Among them is carbon monoxide poisoning fromusing portable generators improperly, said a University ofGeorgia expert.”Really and truly, we’re trying to raise as much awareness aboutthis as possible,” said Gina Peek, a housing program assistantwith the UGA Extension Service. “If you can avoid it, don’t use(a generator) at all.”As the hurricane season rolls on, “if a storm comes through andyou lose power, go to a shelter,” she said.Peek does give tips for those who do plan to use a generator whenthe power goes out. (Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img

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