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Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
— Carbon monoxide illnesses caused by generators have led to increased hospitalizations as nearly 40,000 remain without power after Monday’s tornadoes.
The Dayton Fire Department has responded to several CO poising cases resulting from the use of generators, Fire Chief Jeff Lykins said, including one Tuesday night with particularly high readings inside the house.
He urges residents using generators to heed warnings to stay safe.
“The first one is make sure you use them outside, at least 15 feet away from your home. Do not use them in your garage, even with the garage door open. Some generators can produce up to the same amount of CO as 100 vehicles, so quite a lot,” Lykins said.
“Do not refuel generators while they’re running, make sure you unplug them.
“Make sure you use a proper gauge extension cord when you are using a generator, and if you are going to use a generator, make sure you have a CO detector inside the home,” Lykins said.
If you are without power and are using a generator, this is what you need to know, according to the American Red Cross.