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Safety first with generators during power restoration

Published: 27 Mar 2017 2:31pm

Ergon Energy is urging customers using generators during outages caused by Cyclone Debbie to follow all safety instructions.

Ergon Energy Customer Delivery Manager Mark Biffanti said using a generator to supplement domestic electricity during a power outage carries dangers of poisoning from carbon monoxide gases, fire and electrocution.

“Tragically, during Cyclone Yasi, there was a fatality near Ingham when a young man suffocated by inhaling fumes from his petrol-powered generator,” Mr Biffanti said.

“Generators should never be used inside. This includes inside a garage, carport, basement, crawlspace, or other enclosed or partially enclosed area, even with ventilation”

“Even if doors and windows are opened, this will not prevent carbon monoxide building up in the home."

“Customers also need to make sure they place the generator well away from open windows, doors and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to travel indoors.”

Mr Biffanti said with power expected to be out for several days in some areas, people needed to be extremely careful if they chose to use a generator.

“Anyone using a portable generator needs to follow the manufacturers’ instructions for proper usage,” he said.

“We also cannot stress strongly enough, to not connect any generating equipment to fixed house wiring or Ergon Energy equipment unless the work has been done by a licensed electrician or authorised Ergon Energy representative.”

For more information about generator safety take a look at this video on the Ergon Energy Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ErgonEnergy/videos/1513401098680216/

Ergon Energy’s website also has information at https://www.ergon.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/73748/EGE1022-electrical-safety-generators-brochure-r7.pdf.

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