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CFO Jimmy Patronis Urges Floridians to Follow Generator Safety Tips Ahead of Hurricane Idalia

8/29/2023
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

CFO Jimmy Patronis Urges Floridians to Follow Generator Safety Tips Ahead of Hurricane Idalia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis reminds Floridians of the importance of using gas-powered generators safely ahead of Hurricane Idalia.

CFO and State Fire Marshal Patronis said, “As Hurricane Idalia approaches the Gulf Coast, practice safety while putting generators to use around your home. Please do not run your generator inside any enclosed area such as your garage or in your home. Generators produce carbon monoxide which is completely colorless, odorless and very dangerous. These machines can be lifesavers, but can turn very deadly if not operated with the utmost caution. Follow the important safety tips below to keep you and your family safe during and after the storm.”

Important safety tips to follow when using a generator:

  • Only run a generator in a dry, well-ventilated area away from your home. Wet ground poses an increased risk of electrocution.
  • Never run a generator near doors, windows, air vents or A/C units to avoid drawing in dangerous exhaust fumes.
  • Never run a generator inside your home or garage. Dangerous and potentially deadly amounts of carbon monoxide can build up.
  • Install battery-powered carbon monoxide alarms inside your home to alert you of dangerous levels. Replace the batteries in all your homes alarms.
  • Never overload a generator, exceeding a generator’s maximum wattage rating can cause it to malfunction.
  • Always connect the generator to appliances with heavy-duty extension cords.
  • Never refuel a generator while it is running.
  • Before shutting off a generator, power down and unplug all devices connected to it.

To learn more about hurricane safety and preparedness, visit PrepareFl.com

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS). 

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