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Generators can be a deadly convenience

Coleman Powermate Generator (WEAR-TV)

After a disaster, one of the biggest dangers comes from use of generators. If they're not properly vented, they can be deadly.

If you use a generator to keep your refrigerator and some lights going, be sure to follow these safety guidelines.

Don't run the generator indoors or near an open window. They put off carbon monoxide that can kill you if inhaled.

Never hook the generator directly to your circuit breaker panel or household wiring.

Feedback on the transmission lines can kill or injure linemen trying to restore power.

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