Severe weather seen throughout the year can lead to power outages.
While waiting for electricity to be restored, many community members use a generator as a temporary solution.
Prince William County officials are reminding residents of a few safety tips they should keep in mind when using the devices.
Community members should read and follow instructions when using portable generators, according to a release.
Because generators produce the deadly gas carbon monoxide, they should only be used outside and in well-ventilated areas.
The devices should be placed away from “home air intakes” and should be protected from the rain.
Users should not use generators in attached garages.
Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in a home’s sleeping areas and anyone feeling dizzy, sick or weak should get fresh air as soon as possible.
Appliances should be connected to the unit one at a time and community members should avoid using extension cords with their generator.
To learn more information about generator safety, visit www.pwcgov.org/Ready.