BALTIMORE - MEMA is working around the clock to keep Marylanders safe as Hurricane Sandy approaches. Deputy Bruce Boych from the State Fire Marshall's Office gave several tips to help you if you've purchased a new generator for the storm.
He said to follow the instructions on the generator and place it away from the home and garage so it can properly vent itself.
"If it is too close to any openings to the home that carbon monoxide could make its way into the home and create a dangerous atmosphere," he said.
Here are other tips to stay safe while operating your generator:
. Powering Up Your Generator
Some generators operate on unleaded gasoline. Others use diesel fuel. Five gallons of gas will power a 5,600 watt generator for about eight hours. One gallon of gas will power a 3,000 watt generator for about 3 1/2 hours.
You will also need multi-gallon, vented containers for storing gasoline (fill before storm comes), engine oil, an outdoors-rated extension cord and a carbon-monoxide detector.
Caring for your generator
The risks (if you don't do it right): carbon-monoxide poisoning, electrocution, fire and explosion.
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