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Using a portable generator after a storm: Here are important safety tips

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If a winter storm knocks out power to your home, portable generators can help to provide some electricity and heat to homes that use them. However, there are important safety tips to be aware of when using a portable generator for your home.

• Generators should be operated in well ventilated locations outdoors away from all doors, windows and vent openings.

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• Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.

• Place generators so that exhaust fumes can't enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building.

• Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer's instructions for correct placement and mounting height.

• Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running.

• Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.

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Broadcast meteorologist for 15 years (Marquette, Michigan; Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; South Jersey). NBC40 Chief meteorologist from December 2003 through December 2014. Press meteorologist since January 2015

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WEDNESDAY► Mainly cloudy with a few patches of drizzle and fog, otherwise drier.  Lighter winds and less cool with highs in the low to mid 60s.  North winds around 10mph.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT► Mostly cloudy with some patchy fog redeveloping. Lows in the mid 50s with winds becoming light and variable.

THURSDAY► Some patchy morning fog, then becoming partly sunny and milder, with highs in the low 70s on the mainland, 60-65 along the shore.  Southeast to south winds around 10mph.  A thundershower is possible Thursday night.

FRIDAY► A few morning clouds or patchy fog, then partly sunny as the warm-up continues, but remaining cooler along the shore.  Highs in the low 80s in the Pinelands, closer to 70 on the islands.  South winds around 15mph.

SATURDAY► Partly sunny and warm, likely the warmest day of the forecast, with highs in the low to mid 80s inland, low to mid 70s along the shore.  Winds from the southwest around 10-15mph.

SUNDAY► A back door front means a cooler and likely cloudier day compared to Saturday.  Mostly cloudy but remaining mostly dry with some breaks of sun.  Highs only in the mid 60s on the mainland, possibly mid to upper 50s along the shore.

MONDAY► Partly sunny, breezy, and warm with highs in the mid to upper 70s on the mainland, closer to 70 at the shore, with some late day or overnight scattered thunderstorms.  Brisk south to southwest winds around 10-20mph.

TUESDAY► Becoming partly sunny.  Breezy and drier with highs in the low 70s.