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    May 31, 2024

    Hurricane Season Safety: Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    As a marketing professional with a broad reach and a Florida resident well-versed in the yearly threats of hurricane season, I feel a strong responsibility to share vital safety information to protect you and your loved ones. Embracing our forward-thinking vision, "Nemko makes the world a safer place," I am proud to represent such an outstanding service provider.

    With hurricane season officially starting on June 1 in the Southern United States, it’s vital to be prepared for the storm and the aftermath. One of the most dangerous yet overlooked hazards during this time is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from improperly used gas-powered generators.



    When hurricanes strike, they can leave behind a trail of destruction that disrupts daily life for millions. Power outages are a common occurrence, and it's not just those directly hit by the storm who suffer. Due to our interconnected power grid, people hundreds of miles away from the hurricane's path can find themselves without electricity for days or even weeks. This leads many to rely on gas-powered generators to keep their homes running. However, if not used correctly, these generators can become silent killers.

    Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning fuel. When a generator is used inside a home or too close to windows, doors, or vents, CO can build up quickly and reach deadly levels. The key to preventing CO poisoning is understanding and following a few simple safety steps:

    1. Always use generators outdoors, away from the home. Place them at least 20 feet from windows, doors, and vents.
    2. Never use a generator in an enclosed space. This includes garages, even if doors and windows are open.
    3. Install battery-operated CO detectors in your home. These can provide an early warning if CO levels become dangerous. Seriously, a cheap investment for priceless protection.

    As we approach hurricane season, preparedness is our best defense against the unpredictable nature of these storms. While gas-powered generators can be lifesavers during power outages, improper use can turn them into life-threatening hazards. By following the safety tips provided, you can ensure that your use of a generator remains a benefit rather than a risk. Stay safe, stay prepared, and let’s work together to make this hurricane season as uneventful as possible for all the right reasons.

    Remember, safety starts with awareness and ends with action. Let’s spread the word and make sure everyone understands the dangers and how to avoid them. Have a safe hurricane season!


    Andrew Robbins

    Andrew is a seasoned leader in the Testing, Inspection, Certification, and Compliance (TICC) sector, with over 30 years of experience crafting global sales and marketing strategies that drive business growth and customer satisfaction. As Director of Global Marketing, he boosts efficiency and fosters innovation with a...

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