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Dangerous winter conditions and outages call for safe use of backup generators
WAUKESHA, Wis., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- If you have a backup generator and you live in the Southeast, you're going to need it. The National Weather Service warned residents in the Southeast that they should be prepared for power outages lasting days. The outages are a direct result of today's ice storm that is crippling the region.
Tens of thousands of customers across the Southeast are already without power and as homeowners and businesses power up their generators, proper generator safety is critical. Generac's preparedness expert, Art Aiello, is available immediately via phone or satellite to talk about:
Generac also offers the following generator safety tips:
Operate your Generac generator safely and avoid these risks:
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. CO is a common industrial hazard resulting from the incomplete burning of natural gas and any other material containing carbon such as gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane, coal, or wood.
Fires are a danger when you improperly use a generator power source or deal with fuel.
Electrical Hazards can also occur if you use your generator improperly. NEVER plug the generator into a wall outlet to provide emergency power to your home. This practice, known as backfeeding, creates an electrocution risk to utility workers and others served by the same utility transformer and is a violation of national electric codes.
For additional information regarding preparedness and storm safety, please visit Generac's online preparedness resource, found here.
Since 1959, Generac has been a leading designer and manufacturer of a wide range of generators and other engine-powered products. As a leader in power equipment serving residential, light commercial, industrial and construction markets, Generac's products are available through a broad network of independent dealers, retailers, wholesalers and equipment rental companies. The company markets and distributes its products primarily under its Generac and Magnum brand names. Generac is committed to developing a long-term vision that promotes environmentally responsible products, processes and partnerships and strives to be a positive contributor of sustainable growth in the power equipment industry. For more information on Generac, please visit http://www.Generac.com. Follow Generac on Twitter @generacpowersys. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/generacpowersystems. For more information on Magnum, please visit http://www.m-p-llc.com/.
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