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Portable Generator Hazards

Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but they also can be hazardous. The primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, and fire.

Every year, people die in incidents related to portable generator use. Most of the incidents associated with portable generators reported to CPSC involve CO poisoning from generators used indoors or in partially-enclosed spaces.

Carbon Monoxide Hazards


Generators can produce high levels of CO very quickly. When you use a portable generator, remember that you cannot smell or see CO. Even if you can’t smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO.

If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY. DO NOT DELAY. The CO from generators can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death.

If you experience serious symptoms, get medical attention immediately. Inform medical staff that CO poisoning is suspected. If you experienced symptoms while indoors, have someone call the fire department to determine when it is safe to re-enter the building.

Follow these safety tips to protect against CO poisoning:

Electrical Hazards

Follow these tips to protect against shock and electrocution:

Fire Hazards

Follow these tips to prevent fires:

The benefits of Stand-by Generators

Another potentially devastating hurricane season is at the front door, and many business owners and homeowners have yet to recover from the last two seasons. Unfortunately, Mother Nature does not care. One thing that is certain, the 2006 hurricane season is expected to bring dangerous weather that will threaten the region’s power grid. When the lights go out, homeowners suffer through uncomfortable conditions and businesses are faced with a significant loss of revenue – sometimes forcing bankruptcy.

Americas Generators can help.

As the nation’s leading authority on backup power generators, the company carries a full supply of inventory, unlike other generator companies which take up to 420 days for order fulfillment. And being located in Miami, Americas Generators is acutely aware of the necessity of backup power during hurricane season. The company helped regional businesses keep their doors open following the devastating hurricanes in recent years, and it is ready with full inventory again for the 2006 season.

Following are some important things to keep in mind when choosing a generator manufacturer, as well as important tips on generator safety.

People should consider stand-by generators to protect the following:

Stand-by generators can provide the following features

Frequently asked questions:

What is the most common type of generator for a small business?

Small business owners looking for a dependable backup power source in the event of an extended loss of utility power will want a generator model with an overhead valve (OHV) or overhead valve industrial (OVHI) engine. These are designed for longer running time, quieter operation and extended engine life. Other features include spin-on engine oil filter, automatic voltage regulation (AVR), idle control and 12-volt charging capability. You will also need enough wattage to run appliances you deem necessary in an emergency, usually 3,500-plus watts.

What is the overall impact of temporary loss of electricity to a small business?

Small businesses can suffer from loss of productivity, inventory spoilage, machine downtime, computer network downtime, and employee safety issues.

What are the basic safety tips for using portable generators?