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Using a gas-powered generator? Know the risks

philly.com -- Two sisters are dead in Trenton. So are an elderly woman in Upper Merion and a grandfather in the Lehigh Valley. The rest of his family was taken for emergency treatment to the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and the children's hospital next door.

The culprit in these deaths - and hospitalizations too numerous to count - is carbon-monoxide poisoning from home generators whose use mushrooms during power outages.

"There is a real public-health emergency going on," said Fred Henretig, senior toxicologist at the regional Poison Control Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Most people realize that running gasoline-powered generators (and charcoal grills) inside the house can be dangerous; the instructions say so in big type. "So they put the generator in their


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teenitup
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Make sure you drain the tank of ethanol laced gas after use!
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Thank you for posting.
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derKraut
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2012 12:48:15 PM

Just like the smart folks that use Propane BBQs in a closed garage in Winter.
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JustDrill4Oil
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2012 12:24:38 PM

Another monument to Charles Darwin.

Sadly somebodys gonna sue a generator company and a dumb jury will give them millions making generators more expensive for everyone.
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2012 8:33:33 AM

It is amassing that people do not read directions.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:49:26 PM

To the person below> The only thing powered by cat poop is our dog!!
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MiCARgo
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:48:10 PM

Once upon a time in the winter, we used a Sears K1 heater 24 hours a day FOR 3 weeks, till furnace got fixed. Kept the windows cracked a bit and did not refill it while it was lit. Enough to keep us warm temporarily. Never hope to do that again! It was a calculated risk.

PS if ya fill it with gas, not kerosene or K1, it will explode.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:44:12 PM

There are a lot of first time users in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:42:51 PM

Be Careful!
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:42:09 PM

any noxious fumes will cause problems for people.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:40:39 PM

Like a generator, so too using a BBQ Grill in doors. Deadly move.
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Are there any powered by cat poop ?
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Don't think there's enough sunshine to run a solar powered generator.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:33:35 PM

Very dangerous.
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Very logical to those l;isted
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There is no cure nor help for those who do not take the time to read the user manual or have not been instructed in the use of a generator by an experienced generator operator. Any gasoline or diesel powered engine or heating device must be vented properly either by being away from the structure at least 20 feet or being properly vented with a vent pipe or hose running up above the structure or vented through a window or roof opening.

Not only is this venting requirement true for generators but it also applies to gas water heaters and gas dryers.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:26:42 PM

Anything using gas needs to be fully understood before using
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:25:49 PM

What happened to common sense.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:25:10 PM

you got to know how to use one.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:25:01 PM

pretty sad stuff
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:24:12 PM

Make sure you run the exhaust outside while running... duh.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:23:36 PM

alright
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:22:56 PM

There's a reason many generators come with longer power cables to allow you to move them away from where they are used.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:22:26 PM

ya
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:22:03 PM

Good grief. I feel sorry for those without power - at least it was not in the middle of winter.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:21:22 PM

Unfortunate, but people are uninformed.
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fire
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:20:27 PM

tasteless use of humour in this case.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:16:36 PM

"The culprit in these deaths - and hospitalizations too numerous to count - is carbon-monoxide poisoning from home generators whose use mushrooms during power outages."

has anyone figured out what mushroom use has to do with home generators?
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:15:53 PM

Food will spoil without gas, right?
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k
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:15:22 PM

dumb things people do
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D-oh!
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:14:38 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:13:41 PM

Darwin was right - survival of the fitest ( smartest). Any idiot who puts a gasoline engine any where near their living area is to dumb to survive!
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use common sense
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It's amazing some of the things people do...
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:08:58 PM

Where they using it in the house??
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"The stupid shall be punished"
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ok
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Can't people read warning labels.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:06:05 PM

Carbon monoxide is a big risk. Never use those indoors.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:05:58 PM

Good to know
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Ok.
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Very Dangerous.
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Just use some common sense.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:04:11 PM


A must read for anyone using a portable generator or even running their car in the garage to power something up. Best place for that generator is the back porch away from any open windows or verts including vents under the house.

READ THE INSTRUCTIONS...
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The more you know
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 11:03:28 PM

Suggestion: Do not BREATHE when running generator. Learn to hold breath a LONG time.

Or else vent it properly. Oh, and if on Long Island, just turn it off before it runs out of fuel. Cause you won't get anymore for a while.
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Good to know.
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