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    Portable Generator Death Reports Double

    Portable Generator Death Reports Double:
    CPSC Staff Discusses Ways to Reduce Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Deaths

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today released a new staff report (pdf) announcing that reports of generator-related carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning deaths doubled in recent years. In 2003, CPSC had reports of 36 deaths from CO poisoning associated with portable generators. In 2002, there were 40 deaths reported. This was a 100 percent increase from the reported 18 deaths in 2001 and 20 deaths in 2000. From 1990 through 2003, 228 CO poisoning deaths associated with portable generators were reported to CPSC. CPSC staff held a forum today to discuss the new data and possible ways to reduce the risk from generators.

    "If you use a gasoline-powered generator, set it up outside in a dry area, away from air intakes to the home," said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton. "Opening doors and windows or operating fans to ventilate will not prevent CO build-up in the home. Even with a CO alarm, you should never use a gasoline-powered generator inside your home or in a garage."

    At today's forum, CPSC staff described the typical hazard scenarios in which generator-related CO poisoning deaths occurred. About 40 percent of the deaths (89) occurred during the winter months. Almost 70 percent of the deaths occurred at home, often with the generator in a basement/crawlspace or in a garage/enclosed carport. About 26 percent of fatal generator incidents involved more than one death. Adults ages 25 and older accounted for about 80 percent of CO poisoning deaths associated with portable generators. The majority (72 percent) of the victims were male. "Virtually all of these CO poisoning deaths could have been prevented by keeping the generator away from the home or attached garage, [B][I][U][COLOR="Red"](OR IN A LITTLE HOUSE!!)[/COLOR][/U][/I][/B]" Stratton said.

    Attendees at the forum included generator and engine manufacturers, voluntary standards organizations, consumer groups, retailers, state/local health officials, and medical professionals. These groups discussed technical approaches and public awareness strategies to reduce the CO risk and also emphasized that a generator must never be used in a home, garage, basement, or crawlspace. CPSC has more details about the safe use of generators at: [url]www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/portgen.html[/url]

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    Should definitely buy an electrical generator...
















































    :alien:

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    Darwinian thinning of the stupid among us. Nothing to see here.

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    [QUOTE=FF2;4214656]Portable Generator Death Reports Double:
    CPSC Staff Discusses Ways to Reduce Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Deaths

    WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today released a new staff report (pdf) announcing that reports of generator-related carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning deaths doubled in recent years. In 2003, CPSC had reports of 36 deaths from CO poisoning associated with portable generators. In 2002, there were 40 deaths reported. This was a 100 percent increase from the reported 18 deaths in 2001 and 20 deaths in 2000. From 1990 through 2003, 228 CO poisoning deaths associated with portable generators were reported to CPSC. CPSC staff held a forum today to discuss the new data and possible ways to reduce the risk from generators.

    "If you use a gasoline-powered generator, set it up outside in a dry area, away from air intakes to the home," said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton. "Opening doors and windows or operating fans to ventilate will not prevent CO build-up in the home. Even with a CO alarm, you should never use a gasoline-powered generator inside your home or in a garage."

    At today's forum, CPSC staff described the typical hazard scenarios in which generator-related CO poisoning deaths occurred. About 40 percent of the deaths (89) occurred during the winter months. Almost 70 percent of the deaths occurred at home, often with the generator in a basement/crawlspace or in a garage/enclosed carport. About 26 percent of fatal generator incidents involved more than one death. Adults ages 25 and older accounted for about 80 percent of CO poisoning deaths associated with portable generators. The majority (72 percent) of the victims were male. "Virtually all of these CO poisoning deaths could have been prevented by keeping the generator away from the home or attached garage, [B][I][U][COLOR="Red"](OR IN A LITTLE HOUSE!!)[/COLOR][/U][/I][/B]" Stratton said.

    Attendees at the forum included generator and engine manufacturers, voluntary standards organizations, consumer groups, retailers, state/local health officials, and medical professionals. These groups discussed technical approaches and public awareness strategies to reduce the CO risk and also emphasized that a generator must never be used in a home, garage, basement, or crawlspace. CPSC has more details about the safe use of generators at: [url]www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/portgen.html[/url][/QUOTE]

    What a crock.

    Everyone knows that the emissions resulting from burning fossil fuels are NOT harmful at all.

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    Great post. Im glad you posted it here for all to see before many of you decide to buy a generator.

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    ...if u have no power how do u plug it in?...totally in dark about generators...

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    [QUOTE=2foolish197;4214766]...if u have no power how do u plug it in?...totally in dark about generators...[/QUOTE]

    lolz... :D

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    [QUOTE=2foolish197;4214766]...if u have no power how do u plug it in?...totally in dark about generators...[/QUOTE]

    Run an extension cord to your neighbor's outdoor outlet.

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    [QUOTE=2foolish197;4214766]...if u have no power how do u plug it in?...totally in dark about generators...[/QUOTE]

    Generators run on gasoline they produce electrical power you plug into to them restore electricity to your home.

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    [QUOTE=GMCJETS;4214771]Generators run on gasoline they produce electrical power you plug into to them restore electricity to your home.[/QUOTE]

    That seems like work.

    Why don't you just backfeed your panel?

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    [QUOTE=2foolish197;4214766]...if u have no power how do u plug it in?...totally in dark about generators...[/QUOTE]

    :rimshot:

    Thx Shecky...

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    In DC I would start with an incinerator.

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan;4214775]That seems like work.

    Why don't you just backfeed your panel?[/QUOTE]

    Backfeeding the panel is dangerous to the utility workers who are hopefully working on the line. The proper way is a transfer switch.

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    [QUOTE=GMCJETS;4214794]Backfeeding the panel is dangerous to the utility workers who are hopefully working on the line. The proper way is a transfer switch.[/QUOTE]

    Uhhh...shut the main breaker off, sparky.

    Maybe you shouldn't be messing with electricity.

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    Rubbing two sticks together > Generator

    although...

    Carbon monoxide poisoning > Racoon attack

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    Why would one feed a panel? Seems dumb.

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    [QUOTE=32green;4214863]Why would one feed a panel? Seems dumb.[/QUOTE]

    It's safer than my other ideas:

    F*ck generators. Real men use Tesla Coils:

    [IMG]http://www.whatheck.com/uploaded_images/tesla-coil-723861-723883.jpg[/IMG]

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan;4214875]It's safer than my other ideas:

    F*ck generators. Real men use Tesla Coils:

    [IMG]http://www.whatheck.com/uploaded_images/tesla-coil-723861-723883.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE]

    What do you got there? 1.21 gigawatts?

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan;4214811]Uhhh...shut the main breaker off, sparky.

    Maybe you shouldn't be messing with electricity.[/QUOTE]

    Yes absolutely shut the main breaker off. But the correct and safer way is to install a transfer switch.

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    [QUOTE=GMCJETS;4214962]Yes absolutely shut the main breaker off. But the correct and safer way is to install a transfer switch.[/QUOTE]

    I saved $$$ and just use an extension cord with 2 males ends. Turn generator on, flip main off, plug cord into generator and outlet under my panel...and then flip on any circuits I'd like to use.

    5 circuit transfer switch: $350

    Extension cord: $30

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