Column as submitted by Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention:
Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention reminds residents using potable generators to make sure they follow the manufactures instructions in the proper use and storage of generators.
The proper placement of the generator is extremely important. Generators emit carbon monoxide fumes and can build up rapidly in an enclosed area .
Generators need to be placed outside and away from the home with the exhaust fumes away from windows and doors and vents.
Gasoline should also be placed away from the home in an approved container.
A qualified electrician should be utilized if you are going to connect your generator to house wiring for larger appliances, Never use generators in homes,garages, basements, or enclosed areas.
With the devastation we are experiencing many residents may accidently overlook these important facts.
Public Education Officer
Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention