--CO deaths associated with generators have spiked in recent years as generator sales have risen.
--Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows, and vent openings.
--Never use a generator in an attatched garage, even with doors open.
--Place generators so that exhaust fumes can't enter the home through windows, doors, or other openings in the building.
--Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer's instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
--Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running.
--Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.
--When plugging in appliances, make sure they are plugged directly into the generator or a heavy duty outdoor-rated extension cord. The cord should be checked for cuts, tears, and that the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin.
--If you must connect the generator to the house wiring to power appliances, have a qualified electrician install a properly rated transfer switch in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC) and all applicable state and local electrical codes.
All information above is referenced from the NFPA Public Education Division. To view the NFPA site go to www.nfpa.org/education or you can click above on Departments, then Fire Department, then Useful Links, and then National Fire Protection Agency.