Day 8 of Charlottetown Fire Department 12 Days of Fire Safety Campaign
More and more households in Canada are turning to portable generators to battle power outages from downed utility lines, electrical company blackouts, heavy snow falls or ice storms. Here are a few safety measures to keep in mind before purchasing and using a portable generator:
• Generators must be stored in well ventilated locations, outdoors and away from all doors, windows and vent openings;
• Never use a generator in an attached garage, even when the door of the garage is open;
• If using a generator, install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement;
• Never refuel a generator when it is hot or still running. Turn off generators and let them cool down before refuelling;
• Store fuel for the generator in a well-labelled container that is intended for fuel and store it outside of your living area.
These tips are part of the Charlottetown Fire Department’s 12 Days of Fire Safety campaign to raise awareness of important fire safety and fire prevention measures leading into the holiday season.
The 12 Days of Fire Safety campaign was inspired by a similar initiative in Ontario. It will include public service announcements for twelve business days that outline fire prevention and safety tips. The announcements will be sent to local media as well as shared through www.charlottetown.ca/news.php and on social media via www.facebook.com/CityofCharlottetown and, on Twitter, @ChtownPE or @ChtownFire.
The daily tips will be shared from December 1-5, December 8-12 and December 15 and 16.
For more information on the Charlottetown Fire Department, visit: www.charlottetownfire.com
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