Barnstable County Fire Chiefs Urge Caution in Generator Use

First thing - generators are to be used OUTSIDE...

From the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee:


BARNSTABLE (MA) – With the widespread power outages affecting some parts of Cape Cod, many people are making use of generators to provide emergency power. Barnstable County Fire Chiefs urge citizens to be cautious in the operation and placement of their generators.

  • Place the generator outdoors facing away from doors, windows, and vents. Never use a generator inside a house, basement or crawl space – not even inside a garage with the door open. When possible, place the generator 5-10 feet away from the house.
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator or use heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cords, not to exceed the number of outlets on the generator. Make sure cords are free of cuts and tears and have all three prongs – especially the grounding pin.
  • Keep the generator dry. Operate on a dry surface under an open canopy or tent.
  • Dry your hands before touching the generator.
  • Let the generator cool before refueling. Fuel spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.For detailed information on generator installation, use, and safety click this link to the Massachusetts Office of the State Fire Marshal welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on