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Officials urge residents without electricity to operate generators safely

July 02, 2012

After the significant storms last weekend, many areas of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and surrounding areas have been left without electricity. Citizens Fire Co. of Charles Town is reminding residents to follow these simple precautions while operating generators: 

  • Generators should be used in well-ventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows and vent openings.
  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
  • When plugging in appliances, make sure they are plugged directly into the generator or a heavy-duty outdoor-rated extension cord. The cords should be checked for cuts, tears and that the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin.
  • 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.
For more information, call Citizens Fire Co. at 304-725-2814, or the nearest fire department.

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