CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Big winter storms with strong winds bring the potential for power outages. It’s a time when many people turn to generators, but it’s important to operate your generator safely.
A generator is not meant to run inside your home, your garage, or near where the generators exhaust fumes can get inside your home. Generators can cause a colorless and odorless gas called carbon monoxide to build up. Carbon monoxide is called ‘the silent killer’.
Another potential safety hazard during power outages: the use of candles. They can be dangerous if knocked over. You’re better off using a battery powered lantern or flashlight.
Some safety tips for burning candles, at any time, in your home:
- Burn candles within a one-foot circle, free of anything that can burn.
- Never leave candles burning unattended.
- Always extinguish candles after use.
- Use a non-combustible saucer or candleholder.
- Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
- Consider switching to battery-operated flameless candles.
Click here for more tips to keep you and your family safe during a storm.