New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
- Generators become hot while running and remain hot for long periods after they are stopped.
- When spilled on hot engine parts, generator fuels (gasoline, kerosene, etc.) can ignite and cause an explosion. If your generator has a detachable fuel tank, remove it before refilling. If this is not possible, shut off the generator and let it cool before refilling.
- Gasoline and other generator fuels should be stored and transported in approved containers (properly designed and marked for their contents), and vented.
- Do not store generator fuels in your home. Store fuels away from living areas.
- Keep fuel containers away from flame producing and heat generating devices such as the generator itself, water heaters, cigarettes, lighters, and matches. Do not smoke around fuel containers – escaping vapors or vapors from spilled materials can travel long distances to ignition sources.