As we deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaias, it is a good time to review generator safety.
The New Canaan Fire Department has already responded to at least four instances of carbon monoxide in homes caused by generators.
Past experiences show that many residents have generators at their homes that if not installed and used properly they can pose a serious threat. The primary hazard is CO poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust.
Following is a list of do’s and don’ts for portable and stationary generator use and installation:
Make sure that a building permit has been obtained from the Building Department for the installation of a standby generator.