Post-Storm Preparedness: Carbon Monoxide Safety And Generators

Many people die immediately after a hurricane, severe storm or other disaster when generators or gasolinepowered tools expose them to deadly carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless and poisonous gas.

To avoid carbon monoxide exposure, be extremely careful using generators, lanterns, gas powered appliances or when cooking on charcoal grills or gas grills. Equipment or appliances that produce carbon monoxide should never be used indoors. Take the following precautions: