Last Monday (7-11-11) in the Chicagoland area we had some pretty nasty storms roll through. They did’nt last very long, but they were intense. The storm that passed through the area is called a Derecho (der-AY-cho). These storms are in a bowing line and pack powerful winds.
Like I said, the storms did’nt last very long, but they left a path of destruction that resembled a war zone. In the wake were downed trees, damaged homes, flattened crops, and over 800,000 customers without electric. Some of the power outages were short lived, but the less fortunate were without power for a week or more.
Many people were in the position to lose freezers full of food, not to mention spending endless days and nights without the comforts that we all are accustomed to such as lights, air conditioning, and even running water.
Many businesses and homeowners turned to the use of generators to at least salvage the food in their refrigerators and freezers. I think that is a great idea. But You must be aware of the safety precautions prior to use.
Besides the destruction and all the hardship that followed these storms, the most disturbing news was the amount of Carbon Monoxide (CO) calls that were received by the local fire departments. And what do you think was the number one reason for these calls? People running generators in their homes and offices. Generators, along with any gas operated appliance, are meant to be used outdoors. The exhaust fumes contain deadly amounts of CO. Please, never run a gas powered generator inside your home.
If you have any questions about the use of generators, the cause & effects of CO, or any question pertaining to your home, feel free to call me and I will get you the information you desire.
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