Hurricane Delta: Officials urge generator safety

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Ahead of Hurricane Delta, The State Fire Marshal’s Office is providing guidelines to those using a generator.

You can find tips for generator safety below:

  • 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

Nearly half of the deaths from Hurricane Laura were because of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator.

Deon Guillory talked to Hazmat Officer Robby Lamber with the Baton Rouge Fire Department about the do’s and don’ts of using a portable generator, the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and the three things you should do that could save your family from a silent killer.

The latest on Hurricane Delta is available here.

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