Prevent Disaster and Keep Your Family Safe

Generator Safety:

Deadly CO risk: Generators produce odorless, colorless carbon monoxide (CO). Never use one indoors, even in open garages. Place it at least 20 feet away from your house, pointed away from windows and doors. Carbon Monoxide can easily seep into your home even with closed doors and windows.

Prevent backfeeding: Never plug a generator into a wall outlet, this can injure or kill utility workers. Use a transfer switch to safely connect it to your home’s electrical system (consult an electrician if needed).

Safe electrical use: Only use heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cords long enough to reach appliances without splicing. Turn on the generator before plugging anything in to avoid a damaging surge of electricity.

Fire prevention: Never smoke or use open flames near the generator. Keep children and pets away.

Refueling safety: Refuel only when the generator is cool and turned off—store fuel safely in a labeled container, away from heat and sunlight.

CO detection Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, test them monthly, and replace batteries annually.

Outdoor Electrical Safety:

1. Stay clear of power lines. Stay at least 10 feet away from them. If you see a downed power line, stay away from it and call IMU immediately

2. Use only outdoor-rated cords and outlets. Outdoor-rated cords and outlets are designed to withstand the elements, using indoor cords outdoors can increase your risk of shock.

3. Inspect cords and plugs before each use. Look for any signs of damage, such as fraying, cracking, or loose prongs. Do not use a damaged cord.

4. Keep cords & outlets dry. Water conducts electricity! GFCI outlets (detect leaks & cut power) help prevent shocks when using appliances outdoors or near water.

5. Turn off appliances when not in use. This will help to prevent shock and conserve energy.

6. Use caution around swimming pools and hot tubs. Never use electrical appliances near swimming pools or hot tubs. If you must, make sure it is a GFCI-protected appliance.

7. Call a qualified electrician for any electrical work. If you are not sure how to do something safely, call a qualified electrician.

8. Be mindful of sprinklers and irrigation systems. Electrical cords and outlets should never be submerged in water.

9. Use caution when mowing the lawn. Avoid running over electrical cords with lawnmowers or weed whackers.