It’s Hurricane season and having a portable generator can be an important part of preparing for these or any emergencies. We sell a variety of portable generators at Harbor Freight, but no matter where you purchase yours, we want you to be sure you’re using it safely. Always use your portable generator OUTSIDE and far away from doors and windows to avoid buildup of dangerous carbon monoxide (CO)—an invisible, odorless, poisonous gas that can kill if portable generators are used incorrectly. You can learn more about the risks of carbon monoxide in this short video from the Portable Generators Manufacturers’ Association.
Your health and safety will always be our most important concern. So stay safe, stay prepared, and be sure to stay informed. And we hope to see you at your local Harbor Freight store soon!
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KNOW THE SYMPTOMS.
Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath and fatigue. If you experience symptoms, get to fresh air immediately.
ALWAYS READ THE OWNER’S MANUAL FIRST.
Before starting your portable generator, it’s important to read the operator’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommended precautions and procedures.
STAY ALERT WITH CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS.
A carbon monoxide alarm will alert your family before toxic levels are reached. Make sure your alarm meets current UL 2034 safety standards and check the battery regularly.
KEEP IT AWAY FROM DOORS AND WINDOWS.
To prevent emissions from drifting indoors, always place your portable generator as far as possible away from doors and windows.
POINT FUMES IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION.
Since portable generators sit in one place and run for an extended time, it’s important to place it downwind and point the engine exhaust away from any nearby people.
IF YOU FEEL SYMPTOMS, LEAVE RIGHT AWAY.
Very high levels of carbon monoxide can cause victims to lose conscious quickly. So if you experience symptoms, don’t attempt to turn off the generator before moving to fresh air.