With the hurricane season in full swing, it’s too late to prepare for those storms that have already hit. But, there is still time to get ready for any storms that may develop as the season winds down. The two major storms that hit the U.S. coast did tremendous damage. The last one – Ike –hit Texas and caused tremendous damages and losses in that state and in parts of Louisiana. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned consumers to take special precautions in the future.
One area of concern relating to storms generally deals with portable gas generators. These are often used by consumers to restore power to their homes and businesses in the aftermath of a storm. These generators produce high levels of deadly carbon monoxide (CO). The CPSC warns consumers that generators should be used outdoors only, far from doors, windows, and vents that could allow CO to come indoors. As most of us know, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless poison gas referred to as the “invisible killer.” While generators can come in handy after a storm, using one indoors can kill you and your family in minutes.
A Porter Novelli “Healthstyles” surveys of more than 10,000 adults found dangerous misconceptions about generator safety. The surveys found that 62% of respondents believe it’s safe to run a generator in a garage as long as the garage door is open. Forty-seven percent believe it’s safe to run a generator in a basement as long as a window is open. Unfortunately, both scenarios have caused deaths. CPSC records show that there were nearly 100 generator-related deaths due to CO poisoning in 2005. The Commission has provided these important life-saving tips:
Following these safety tips could save your life and those of your family members and friends.
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