11/29/2011 - Why generators are a worthwhile investment
After millions of Americans were left without power for days on end in the wake of the very unusual October storm, homeowners may be giving strong consideration into purchasing an emergency generator. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is advising it.
As FEMA states, a family doesn't realize how much they rely on electricity until it's gone, as cooking systems, air conditioning, television, heat and water all rely on a power source. Fortunately, emergency generators can be purchased at virtually any home improvement store, which allow homeowners to operate these resources. FEMA says homeowners should consult with a professional for help with finding the generator that best suits their needs and budget.
Professionals can also demonstrate how a generator works and the safety precautions that should be taken. FEMA experts say generators should always run outdoors - not even in a garage - as the carbon monoxide fumes they emit can be deadly.
For more information on generators, their use and how to handle them, visit FEMA's online library
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