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Portable generator should only be used outside

From Mike Keltner, Director,
Adair Co. Emergency Management

Many in the public will choose to use portable generators when power goes out, use them to power pumps, sump systems, and other means of removing water from premises.

Although portable generators are life-saving tools in times of emergency -- if used improperly -- they can also be deadly. Year after year, people suffer carbon monoxide poisoning due to improper usage of portable generators.

Information and preparedness can help prevent tragedy.

We urge you to consider how vital it is for owners to develop a plan BEFORE they use their portable generator.

The Portable Generator Manufacturers' Association (PGMA) has developed messaging (below) for your use. We urge you to do so. Or simply advise that, according to PGMA, the only safe place to use a portable generator is outside and far from any occupied dwelling. This requires planning for the distance and having the right amount of extension cords to bring power to a dwelling space.

General safety information:

Press Releases:

PGMA also has a bilingual (English/Spanish) public information officer available to discuss topics related to portable generator safety. To make an inquiry, email

This story was posted on 2023-06-27 10:22:11
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