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American Red Cross shares generator safety tips

Posted at 1:09 AM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 02:20:36-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — If you have a generator on standby, the American Red Cross has some safety tips for you.

You want to be sure to turn the generator off and let it cool down before refueling, because gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.

The group said even a properly connected portable generator can become overloaded, resulting in overheating or generator failure so be sure to read the instructions that come with your generator.

Lastly, plug appliances directly into the generator, or use a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord.