Jim Bridgeforth- Safety First Tips

Jim Bridgeforth & Red Cross Safety Tips

Jim Bridgeforth knows that during times of storms, or hurricanes, we are liable to lose power. Having a generator during these times is most helpful.  Jim Bridgeforth assumes, most people know the basics about a generator. Keep a generator outside, read the instructions on the generator, and take caution as to the way you use it. In order to do more good then harm it is important that all of the proper methods are followed when using a generator for your home. Some more specific safety tips are listed below. These tips are courtesy of Jim Bridgeforth and the American Red Cross.


Generator Safety Tips

  1. Determine the power you will need for your home- This can be added up on your own or contact the local power company to assist.
  2. Find a generator that will fulfill the order for the power you need.  (Keep in mind Some generators require up to 3x’s the power in order to start up).
  3. Carbon Monoxide is a danger of using a generator. The bigger the generator the further it should be from any closed areas.
  4. Keep the generator far from your home, and keep the generator dry and protected.
  5. Always read the instructions for the generator carefully and use the correct fuel in the generator.
  6. Be mindful of where you store the fuel for the generator. Local fire department can advise on this.
  7. Be smart about turning the generator off before refueling it.
  8. Always make sure all necessary parts of the generator are intact while it is in use.

Some More Tips:

  1. Many high-volume generators have automatic safety stoppers programmed into their system. this prevents from flammable accidents etc. Once the voltage needed is determined the additional features that are desired can be researched.
  2. If you chose not to plug appliances directly into the generator. Use extension cords that are powerful enough to carry the electricity needed.
  3. Before using, examine the power cords for any imperfections that could jeopardize safety. This includes, dents, tares, or dampness on the cord.
  4. Install “CO” alarms throughout the house to detect if your household is in danger from the generator.
  5. If the CO Alarm sounds, get to fresh air immediately.
  6. If at any point you feel dizzy, nauseous, or out of sorts get out of the house and into fresh air immediately.
  7. Be sure to follow these steps for yourself, your family, and your neighbors.
  8. Jim Bridgeforth says “Generate Safely”

Preparation is Key

Here at American Power and Gas, we have many employees who have suffered without power. As posted a few weeks ago, Jim Bridgeforth and many others wish we could’ve been a little more prepared. In the future, it is important to be prepared. It is also important to be safe and not selfish in our preparation. Help your neighbor, or a stranger, board some windows, give some water, or food, do what you can in these times. You can even offer people a place to stay if you have the money to stock on supplies and they don’t. Another method of helping others would be to share our article with them. Knowledge is power and power is valuable during a hurricane.


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