7 tips when using a generator during a hurricane

Hurricane Florence has North Carolinians hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

If you have a generator or plan to buy one to use during the storm, there are safety measures you should observe.

  • Use generators outside of the home in well-ventilated areas
  • Keep them at least five feet from all doors, windows, and vent openings
  • Never use a generator in a garage, even with the door open
  • Make sure the exhaust is directed away from your home an install carbon monoxide alarms
  • Never refuel a generator when it is hot
  • Store fuel outside
  • If you are using a generator to power your entire home, make sure an electrician installs it properly

Hurricane Florence strengthed to a Category 2 storm Monday morning and is expected to hit the Carolinas late Thursday/early Friday.

Be sure you have a plan in place and that your hurricane kit is ready to go.

How to prepare your home for high winds

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