With the summer season just beginning, we are greeted with the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors once again…not that we don’t all year round here at DuroMax. As much as we love the wilderness; it is also important to protect it and ourselves…especially when running portable power on a campsite or at base camp while backcountry camping.
Portable generators can provide a reliable source of power for all of our outdoor needs, from running the essentials like equipment on the RV to running some lights and pumping music at the campsite but with all things fun it is important to always consider safety when running a portable generator.
“When used properly, a portable generator is a true safety asset and convenient power source for a more enjoyable summer,” said Susan Orenga, executive director of the Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association (PGMA).”Like many devices designed to improve our lives, portable generators do pose some risk when misused that can be minimized through proper handling and taking the appropriate safety precautions.”
To help reduce CO2 related hazards when using a portable generator it is always important to keep in mind a few important safety tips:
- Never run a portable generator indoors, including tight areas such as garages, basements, sheds or other partially enclosed areas.
- Always place the generator downwind and point the exhaust away from any occupied spaces; in terms of camping this would include tents and campers.
- It is easy for a buildup of carbon monoxide to go unnoticed, this is because carbon monoxide does not have a smell or a taste. Many individuals do not notice until it is too late.
- For any immediate medical emergencies, get some fresh air and call 911 for immediate medical attention.
- When using a generator be sure to refer to the owner’s manual for information on proper and safe usage and as well as any potential hazards.
As a proud member of the PGMA (Portable Generator Manufacturer’s Association we want to ensure safety is our first priority. For more information on portable generator safety, visit takeyourgeneratoroutside.com and for more safety tips visit pgmaonline.com/safety.asp
Now let’s get the summer fun started!