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Use Generators Correctly to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

November 16, 2010

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recommends that you use generators correctly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

Generators used correctly can provide power to your home or business. Used incorrectly, carbon monoxide shed by a generator can very quickly threaten your health and life.

Avoid carbon monoxide threats by:

  • Not burning charcoal inside homes, garages, etc.
  • Not burning charcoal in your fireplace inside your home.
  • Not using any gasoline-powered equipment inside your homes.
  • Not using a gas oven to heat your home, even for a short time.
  • Not idling a car in your garage, even with the garage door open.
  • Not using an unvented kerosene heater inside.

Find additional helpful information about generators, and how to prevent harm from carbon monoxide at: http://www.tpchd.org/page.php?id=402.

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