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@Patrick Fogarty Don't worry... 1) We have a very big open porch and the generator is not right near the window - it is out toward the edge with the exhaust facing out and 2) We shut the window and put a towel in the crack left around the cord.

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Portable generators can produce the same about of carbon monoxide as 100 cars. One has to be mindful of that. The direction of wind and how your house "breathes" can greatly affect buildup of carbon monoxide inside - any given day or time of day. It only takes a few minutes.

I was told it's like Russian roulette. You might be fine 99 times out of 100 - but it's that ONE that kills you. Never ever think the only place carbon monoxide can enter a home is through an open door or window where the cord goes through - even if you have if padded. It can leach through cloth. It can come through bulkheads or even soffits.

It is highly recommended to use outdoor outlets (with GFI) and place the generator at minimum 15 feet from the house and point the exhaust away from doors, vents and windows. Never ever use an extension cord unless it is rate for heavy outdoor use as well as for your particular generator.

I put my first generator on wheels which made it easy for me to move it from the garage and away from the house including the carport which is opened on 3 sides.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is 100% preventable. Each year 20-30000 people in the USA are sickened or die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning according to the

Remember, it's your life and lives of those who live in the home. To see more about Carbon Monoxide - click on the green link.

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@Steve Cochran If you have the right type of all house generator, you can select what you want it to handle when power goes out. So if you buy an over the top all house generator to handle your house, it doesn't mean that every single thing will turn on. It just means that it would be available IF you decide to turn on the air or heat or stove or hair dryer or computer or telly. Items that are already running when the electricity goes out, will be automatically switched over to the generator and continue to run unless you turn OFF that appliance or lights or stove, etc.

You can also have a set up where NOTHING comes on when your home loses electricity, then you can select what you want to switch over on the generator manually.

In the meantime, it stays in the off position except when it's tested either manually or automatically per manufacturer's recommendation. As to fuel that it uses whether Natural Gas, Propane or Diesel or Gas - well, look at the options and calculate the fuel usage per wattage. Then go from there.

And if you produce your own electric power (solar PV panels/batteries) that will last as long as your batteries last and until the sun shines again - then you can use the generator for all or part of your needs.


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