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Generator Safety Tips

Generator Safety Tips

Choosing the right generator is the first step in generator safety. Here are a few easy ways to figure out which size generator is best for you, provided by Red Cross.

  1. Add up the power requirements of the appliances and devices you will want to use.
  2. Add up the wattage of all the light bulbs you will want to use.
  3. Find the total amps you need by dividing watts by volts.
  4. Choose a generator that produces more amps than you need. Some devices draw up to 3 times as much power when starting up, and others lose efficiency over times.

 

Another thing to remember when using a generator is that there are many hazards associated with using it. These hazards include but are not limited to:

  1. Shocks and electrocution
  2. Carbon monoxide
  3. Fires
  4. Noise and vibration

To minimize these hazards, keep your generator dry, and do not use it in rain or wet conditions. Also, keep the generator outside in a well-ventilated area to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide can kill you in as little as 5 minutes and without warning.

Just a few more tips: Before refueling your generator be sure to turn off the generator and let it cool down to avoid a fire hazard.  Store gas for your generator properly, not in your house, and in a ventilated building or under the cover of a car port or canopy. Avoid electrical hazards by keeping the generator dry and under a cover such as a car port or canopy, but only if it is at least 20 feet away from your house.

Call  Spencer Insurance Agency’s licensed insurance professionals at  215-885-2200 or visit our website.

Sources: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/power-outage/safe-generator-use.html and https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_Hurricane_Facts/portable_generator_safety.pdf.

 

Summer Grilling Tips


There’s no better way to celebrate summer than to barbecue outdoors, as long as you take special steps to keep your family safe from grilling accidents or injuries. Here are tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for safeguarding your family.

Gas grill safety tips
When cooking outdoors with a gas grill, check the air tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders or food grease, and follow these tips to reduce the risk of fire or explosion:

  • Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
  • Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.
  • Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas  pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to  escape.
  • Always keep propane gas containers upright.
  • Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors.
  • Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.

Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.

Charcoal grill safety tips
Charcoal produces carbon monoxide (CO) when it is burned. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate to toxic levels in closed environments. To reduce the risk of CO poisoning:

  • Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents or campers.
  • Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided.
  • Since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.

Every year there are thousands of Emergency Room visits due to grilling accidents, we hope these tips will help you avoid becoming one of them.

Have a safe and fun summer.

 

 

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