Got Power? Here’s How to Safely Use a Generator
Hard to believe it was 71 degrees driving into work this morning. Oh how I would love for the weather to stay like this for the remainder of the winter season, but unfortunately, the bizarre weather patterns we've been experiencing will take a turn for the worse just in time for your drive into work Thursday.
Our Lite Rock Meteorologist Dan Zarrow is calling for anywhere from 0 to 4 inches of snow/rain/mix. There's also the possibility of a heavy, wet snow which can sit heavy on power lines down resulting in local power outages.
The number for AC Electric to report any potential power outages is 1-800-833-7476.
It's time to do some prepping for the impending storm, including on how to safely operate a portable back up generator if the power suddenly goes out. Here's some tips from the National Safety Council:
- Only use your generator outdoors. Keep all generators away from open windows, vents, and doors.
- Never ever use a generator in a enclosed area including your home, crawl space or garage.
- Keep all generators away from open windows, vents, or doors due to carbon monoxide emitting from the generator.
- Make sure you allow the generator engine to cool at least 2 minutes before you have to refuel and always use gas that's fresh.
- Make sure all extension cords are grounded properly and keep the generator way from any combustible materials.
- Never use in wet conditions and safeguard your generator from rain and snow.
- Don't plug your generator into any home outlet. You'll need a qualified electrician install a Power Transfer Switch into your home's electrical system.
More from Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG: