Portable generators are useful during power outages. However, many homeowners are unaware that the improper use of portable generators can be risky. The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards.
Facts and figures:
- CO deaths associated with generators have spiked in recent years as generator sales have risen.
- In 1999, generators were associated with 6% of the total yearly estimated CO poisoning deaths associated with all consumer products compared to 24% in 2002.
- There were at least 64 deaths in 2005 alone from CO poisoning associated with generators.
Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission
Also see: Carbon monoxide poisoning