Portable Generators

Safety Tip


The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards. Read all of NFPA's generator safety tips and download our free safety tip sheet.

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

In This Section
Featured Product
Buy the NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) Softbound Code Book, 2011 Edition
Technology is speeding ahead and so is the NEC®. Stay up-to-code with the National Electrical Code direct from NFPA®.
Item #: 7011SB
List: from $89.50
Member: from $80.55


Electrical Inspection Manual, 2011 Edition
Keep jobs on track with the 2011 Electrical Inspection Manual!
Item #: 11NECCL
List: $155.95
Member: $140.36

cartADD TO CART
Format: Book
Bottom blue line

Free access     NEC    Sparky the Fire Dog       NFPA Conference & Expo       NFPA Journal       Sprinklers       Wildland fires      Journal Buyer's' Guide   NEC Buyers' Guide