Winter storm hits area
If residents choose to use a generator during a power outage, follow these safety precautions:
— Do not connect the generator to the electrical panel of the house or plug in directly to a wall outlet. The correct way is to have a certified electrician install a power transfer switch to the house wiring.
— Follow manufacturer's instruction for operation.
— Never use a portable generator indoors. This includes partially-enclosed areas such as garages.
— Place the generator away from windows or doors that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
— Don't overload the generator.