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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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