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

10/19/2018

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 19, 2018
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com  

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

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis

Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian 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).