Portable generator safety during winter storms

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SIDNEY, Neb. Portable generators are useful during winter storms but if not used safely, they can cause injuries and death.

Keep generators away from doors, windows and vents, keep these machines out of wet areas and do not fuel when running. This will prevent electrocutions and fires. (FEMA)

FEMA is providing portable generators tips.

Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows and vents.

Make sure you have carbon monoxide alarms in your household.

Do not use a generator in a wet area. This can cause shock or electrocution.

Connect appliances to the generator with heavy-duty extension cords.

Do not fuel your generator when it is running. Spilling gas on a hot engine can cause a fire.