Information Bulletin Number 0712149

FEMA Urges Caution When Using Portable Generators

OFPC supports FEMA and the CPSC Urging Caution if the use of Portable Generators Becomes Necessary

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has joined with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in issuing a warning to consumers confronted by the recent winter weather.  When there's a power outage, exercise caution when using portable generators.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible killer.  You can't see or smell it.  A generator's exhaust contains poisonous CO which can kill you in a matter of minutes.
Last year, at least 65 people died from generator-related CO poisoning.  Many of the deaths occurred after winter storms knocked out power.
Follow these important generator safety tips:

Last year, CPSC mandated a new danger label (http://www.cpsc.gov/generator.html) on generators manufactured after May 14, 2007.  The label states that, "Using a generator indoors CAN KILL YOU IN MINUTES."
FEMA and CPSC also caution people to never use charcoal for cooking in the home.  Every year individuals lose their lives attempting to cook with charcoal when power is out.  Charcoal fires should only be used outside of the home.
For more information, please visit these pages on the CPSC and U.S. Fire Administration Web sites:

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.
Here is a link to the OFPC Safety Pamphlet