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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

Generator On-Product Label

Portable Generator Hazards

Portable generator

Always use portable generators outside, far from the home. Never operate a generator inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or shed, or near a window or exterior vent.

Portable Generators Pose a Serious Carbon Monoxide Hazard

Illustration with a house and a generator outside the house.

Use portable generators outside only and far from your home. Never operate them indoors or in the garage.

Portable Generator-Related Carbon Monoxide Deaths

Carbon Monoxide death stats.

You don't run your car indoors; don't run your generator inside either.

Carbon Monoxide Doorhanger

Protect yourself from carbon monoxide when using portable generators.  Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas and can kill you. 

What to Know: Generators and CO

Illustration showing never to use a generator indoors, even in a garage with the door open

Using a generator indoors can kill you in minutes. Generator exhaust contains carbon monoxide. This is a poison you cannot see or smell. Only use a generator outside, far away from windows, doors and vents.

Stay Alive!

Post with 4 deadly hazards to avoid after a storm

Four deadly hazards to avoid after a storm.

Surviving the Aftermath of a Hurricane

Portable generator

Deadly dangers exist after a hurricane strikes. Safety tips on portable generators, candles, gasoline, charcoal and appliances.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon monoxide alarm

Inspect, detect and protect against odorless, colorless carbon monoxide poisoning.

Report an unsafe product