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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: This is Life or Death, Residents MUST use Generators Safely

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis reminds Floridians of the importance of using gas-powered generators safely during Hurricane Michael recovery.
CFO and State Fire Marshal Patronis said, “Just over a week ago, Hurricane Michael ripped through the Panhandle and I have heard several stories from our firefighters on the ground of people getting extremely sick from using a generator inside a garage or house. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. Do not make this catastrophe even worse."

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.
• Never overload a generator, exceeding a generator’s maximum wattage rating can cause it to malfunction.
• Use UL-listed outdoor extension cords and properly ground a generator to help prevent electric shock.
• Never refuel a generator while it is running.
• Before shutting off a generator, power down and unplug all devices connected to it.
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