As Louisiana communities impacted by Hurricane Ida enter week two of no electricity, generators can help cool your home and you get through until power is restored. Dynamic encourages everyone to learn about the proper generator safety to prevent 

In the event of an extended power outage, particularly following hurricanes and other severe weather, having a generator at home can be a huge advantage. As Louisiana communities impacted by Hurricane Ida enter week two of no electricity, generators can help cool your home and get you through until power is restored. But if used improperly, the devices can seriously harm or kill unsuspecting families. Carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution, and fire are all potentially fatal risks of misusing portable generators. Dynamic encourages everyone to learn about the proper installation and use of generators to reduce risks and keep your family safe.

If you’re using a portable generator, it needs to be a minimum of 20 feet away from the house while it’s running to eliminate the possibilities of carbon monoxide poisoning. Even 15 feet away is not enough distance, as the wind can blow the odorless, colorless and tasteless gas indoors.

Generators should be operated in dry areas and kept away from windows, doors, and any other openings to the home. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends placing the generator in an area with three to four feet of clear space on all sides to ensure proper ventilation

Quickly recognizing the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can mean the difference between life and death. These include dizziness, blurred vision, loss of consciousness, shortness of breath, and nausea and vomiting.

If you are running a generator, PLEASE be sure to use it safely! Keep it outside and at least 20ft away from doors, windows and vents. Never operate a generator inside or in other enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, including garages.

Do not overload the generator. Make sure the generator is properly grounded. Use only three-pronged extension cords that are rated for the intended load. Do not store any gasoline indoors.