Take care about combustion fumes

The story at PhysOrg is about a report on genset fumes. For safer emergencies, give your power generator some space (w/ Video). The topic is the use of gensets near houses after disasters and provide a warning that should also apply to RV genset use.

New research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology shows that to prevent potentially dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, users may need to keep generators farther from the house than previously believed—perhaps as much as 25 feet.

Up to half of the incidents of non-fatal carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning reported in the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons involved generators run within 7 feet of the home, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The message is that you need to make sure there is good ventilation when you use a genset, that you keep your CO alarms in good shape, and that you don’t use them when you might not notice the effects of CO poisoning.

Gensets are not the only CO producing devices in use near RV’s. Anything that burns fuel needs due consideration not only for risks of fire but also for risks from noxious gases. Take Care!

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