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Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Portable generator safety for emergency power and list of symptoms for carbon monoxide exposure

When the power goes out, a portable generator can be a lifesaver for your business. But if it’s used improperly, it can also be life-threatening. There are several risks involved with portable generators.

Dangers of Portable Generators and How to Prevent Them

1. Carbon monoxide poisoning

Gasoline powered generators produce high levels of carbon monoxide in their exhaust. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that displaces oxygen in red blood cells. To prevent this, make sure that your portable generator is in a safe place and installed correctly by a professional.

2. Back feed shock

If your generator is connected to the wiring system in the building, it could pose a hazard to anyone working on the powerlines. To avoid this, an automatic transfer switch is a good idea.

3. Fire

An overloaded generator could backfire, causing sparks and flames. Again, make sure you consult a professional on the placement of your portable generator.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Exposure

If you think there’s a possibility of a carbon monoxide leak in your building, make sure your employees are not experiencing any of the symptoms below:

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Portable generators are a great form of emergency power for your business. But make sure that you use it safely and correctly. These aren’t DIY projects. For your own safety and those around you, consult a professional like Power Plus!


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