Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and house fires —generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows.
Never use a gas stove top or oven to heat your home. Go to a community location with power if heat or cold weather temperature conditions are extreme.
If you use a home generator, understand how to safely operate it before an emergency occurs. Do regular safety checks and have enough fuel to last a few days. If you don’t understand how to use your generator, you risk damaging your property, endangering your life and the lives of others.
Position your generator where its exhaust can vent safely outside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal. Never run a portable generator in an enclosed area, such as inside your home or garage, or in the rain. Never store generator fuel in the house.
Before starting your generator, carefully read and follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions.
Before refueling, turn off a gas-powered generator and let it cool. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts can ignite.
Avoid electrical hazards. It’s best to plug in appliances directly to the generator.
Additional tips on the safe use of generators can be found at PG&E’s Safety Action Center at www.safetyactioncenter.pge.com.