Milwaukee,WI (February 14, 2013)-When you buy a home, you’re investing in the shelter and safety of your family. There are several additional ways you can prevent common risks to your home safety and prevent damage to your house. At GE Generator Systems, we pride ourselves on being a resource for homeowners on safety regarding standby generators, as well as emergency preparedness and general home safety.
Emergency Preparedness & Storm Safety
In the event of an emergency, you should have a plan for your family and emergency supplies in your home and car. Make sure you have working flashlights throughout your home, as well as nonperishable food, bottled water and blankets. Share an emergency plan with children, including safe places in the home to seek shelter during a storm. Also, follow official recommendations to seek shelter, stay indoors or evacuate if necessary.
Having secure shelter during a storm or other emergency is a key to storm safety. You can also avoid many of the potential safety risk of a power outage by investing in a home generator. Whether you’re facing a hurricane, blizzard or power outage, you are much safer indoors with backup power to keep the lights on, heat or air conditioning working and food fresh in the refrigerator. With a home standby generator from GE, power automatically switches to the generator in the event of an outage. You don’t need to leave your home to turn it on or switch it off after the standard utilities return to service.
If you already have or plan to buy a generator, make sure you follow recommended safety tips for installation, maintenance and usage.
Carbon Monoxide & Fire Safety
In addition to having your generator properly installed, there are also other steps you can take to protect your family from carbon monoxide and fire risks.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors/alarms near bedrooms and sleeping areas
- Install smoke detectors/alarms on each floor of your home
- Maintain detectors/alarms with monthly tests, new batteries once a year and regular dusting
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and on each floor of the house
- Coordinate an emergency and fire safety plan with your family, including an escape plan with two exit options and meeting place
- Avoid common fire safety risks by unplugging appliances after use, not using candles, keeping all objects a foot or further away from stove, portable heaters or other flammable objects, etc.
- Don’t overload extension cords
- Check that all major appliances are grounded and that wires aren’t frayed or exposed
Find a comprehensive list of fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Agency.
You should never run any generator indoors or in other partially-enclosed spaces. Standby generators should be installed outdoors far away from windows, doors and vents, to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide gas from accumulating and potentially being drawn towards occupied spaces. Generators emit carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas that could kill you in minutes. You cannot smell it, see it, or taste it. Even if you do not smell exhaust fumes, you could still be exposed to carbon monoxide gas.
Hopefully, these home safety tips from GE Generators will help you and your family feel safe and secure. Learn more about backup power solutions can keep you safe and your home running with a home generator from GE.