Generators and Engine-Driven Tools

Generator Danger Warning

  • CO from a generator is deadly and can kill you in minutes. One generator produces as much CO as hundreds of cars. It can incapacitate and kill consumers within minutes.
  • NEVER use portable generators indoors or in garages, basements, or sheds. They should always be used outside well away from windows, doors, vents, or any other opening.
  • Always have a working CO alarm in your house. <
  • Also, never burn charcoal grills indoors, even with ventilation. Charcoal also quickly produces deadly CO.

 

Generator On-Product Label

New Generator On-Product Label

 

Generator Danger Links

 

Publications

  • Portable Generators Safety Alert [ PDF ] [ PDF en Español ]
  • Responding to Residential Carbon Monoxide Incidents [ PDF ]
  • Surviving the Aftermath of a Hurricane [ PDF ] [ PDF en Español ]
  • What to Know: Generators and CO (Carbon Monoxide) [ JPEG ]

 

Press Releases

  • Cummins Power Generation Recalls Portable Generators Due to Fire Hazard [ HTML ]

 

Reports

  • Incidents, Deaths, and In-Depth Investigations Associated with Non-Fire Carbon Monoxide from Engine-Driven Generators and Other Engine-Driven Tools, 1999-2009 (September, 2010) [ PDF ]; Also: 1999-2008, 1999-2007, and 1999-2006 reports
  • Portable Generator Vibration Measurements (January, 2007) [ PDF ]
  • Staff Review of Portable Generator Safety - CPSC Staff briefing to the Commission (October 26, 2006) [ PDF ]
  • Weatherproof Portable Engine-Generators, Directorate for Engineering Sciences (May 22, 2003) [ PDF ]

 

Regulatory Information

  • Generator Labeling
    • 16 CFR 1407.3
    • Final Rule: Labeling Requirements for Portable Generators (December 29, 2006) [ PDF ]
    • Portable Generators; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Proposed Labeling Requirements (November 14, 2006) [ PDF ]
    • Portable Generators: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ballot vote) (August 8, 2006) [ PDF ]
  • Generator Performance
    • Portable Generators; Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Comments CC 07-3-1 through CC 07-10 (February 15, 2007) [ PDF ]
    • Portable Generators; Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, COMMENT REQUEST (December 12, 2006) [ PDF ]
    • CPSC Approves ANPR to Make Portable Generators Safer (December 6, 2006) [ HTML ]
    • Portable Generators: Staff Briefing Package for ANPR, Staff Review of Portable Generator Safety (October 11, 2006) [ PDF ]
    • Portable Generators; Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (July 6, 2006) [ PDF