BSO Hurricane Guide
Generator safety tips:
When using a portable electric generator, remember these important safety precautions.
- Never connect a portable electric generator directly to your home wiring. This could cause the generator to backfeed onto the powerlines connected to your home. A nearby utility transformer could increase this backfeed and cause damage directly to the transformer or to repair crews working on lines blocks away from your home.
- Never plug a portable electric generator into a regular household outlet. Generators are not powerful enough to provide energy to an entire home. Connect only essential electrical equipment directly into the generator.
- Do not overload the generator. Choose electrical equipment essential to remaining comfortable while the power company works to restore your power. When purchasing a portable generator, choose one that produces more power than will be drawn by the combination of lighting, appliances and equipment you plan to connect to it.
- Use proper power cords to attach appliances to the generator. Use outdoor rated cords with a wire gage adequate for appliance overload.
- To prevent electric shock, make sure the generator is properly grounded.
- Never use a portable electric generator indoors or in an attached garage. Generators use an internal combustion engine that emits deadly carbon monoxide. Run the generator in a well-ventilated, dry area away from intakes into the home and protected from rain; an ideal spot would be under a canopy or in an open shed.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms inside your home as a protection against the gas emitted from generators.
- Store generator fuel outside of living areas in a properly labeled, non-glass safety container. Vapor from gasoline can travel undetected and be ignited by pilot lighters or sparks.
- Never refuel a generator while it is running; wait until it has cooled down. Guard against burns; generator engines are hot.
- Before shutting a generator down, turn off all appliances that are connected to it.
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- Be aware of approaching storms
- Hurricane supplies
- Installing hurricane shutters
- As the storm approaches
- Should you evacuate?
- Pet and livestock owners - special preparations
- Broward County hurricane shelters
- Staying safe during the hurricane
- After the storm has safely passed
- Price gouging
- Snapshot Damage Assessment Program
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- List of Broward County hurricane shelters