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Safety first with generators during power restoration

Published: 23 Mar 2018 4:49pm

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

Ergon Energy Area Manager Far North Charlie Casa 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 Casa 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 Casa said 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.”

Ergon Energy’s website 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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