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After the Storm - Generator Safety

October 12, 2018

As the Florida Panhandle recovers from Hurricane Michael, Florida Health is urging everyone to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) exposure by taking precautions with portable generators, gas-powered appliances and charcoal or gas grills.
 
CO is a poisonous gas produced by burning fuels such as gasoline, natural gas, propane, kerosene, charcoal and wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, such as your home or garage. The risk of illness or death increases with the level of CO in the air and the amount of time exposed. For more information, view this Florida Health Minute video and the After the Storm Safety infographic.