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How to safely run your generator after a storm

Jacob Hagan with Hagan Ace Hardware in Clay County said that the most important safety tip when using a generator is to keep it outside your home and away from air vents and windows.
Jacob Hagan with Hagan Ace Hardware in Clay County said that the most important safety tip when using a generator is to keep it outside your home and away from air vents and windows.

When’s the last time you fired up that generator? If it’s been awhile, now’s a good time as any for a refresher to make sure you’re doing it safely.

Jacob Hagan with Hagan Ace Hardware in Clay County said that the most important safety tip when using a generator is to keep it outside your home and away from air vents and windows.

“Most of them are hardy enough that is doesn’t matter that they get rained on,” said Hagan.

Some generators now come with carbon monoxide sensors and will automatically turn off if the level gets too high.

Hagan suggests that you go ahead and grab a carbon monoxide sensor/alarm if your generator is older and does not have that feature.

It also important that you do not plug the generator directly into a wall outlet in your home.

You’ll also want to grab some extension cords depending on what items you want in your home to run off the generator.

Hagan also suggests using a stabilizer in your gas to help your generator run smoothly and last longer.

“It’s also important that you do not plug the generator directly into a wall outlet in your home,” Hagan said.


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