Generators produce carbon monoxide when used indoors or in poorly ventilated areas because they burn fuel without enough fresh air. Seminole County reminds residents that carbon monoxide, or CO, is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is highly poisonous. The Florida Department of Health recommends the following precautions:
- Do not burn charcoal or gas grills inside a house, garage, vehicle, tent, or fireplace.
- NEVER use a generator indoors, including homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, and other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even those with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO build-up in the home.
- ALWAYS locate the unit outdoors on a dry surface, away from doors, windows, vents, and air conditioning equipment that could allow CO to flow indoors. Follow the generator instructions.
- REMEMBER that you cannot see or smell CO. Portable generators can produce high levels of CO very quickly.
- If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY. DO NOT DELAY.
- If you have a poisoning emergency, call your nearest Florida Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911 immediately.
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Last Updated: August 25, 2023 3:09pm