Protecting your home while using a power generator

Protecting your home while using a power generator / Eric Mock (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Many across Georgia are still left without power Wednesday after Tropical Storm Irma rolled through Monday.

To keep food cold and lights on, many have connected power generators to their homes. But these generators can pose their own risks.

Tuesday night, a home in Gray was destroyed in a fire that caused by a power generator.

Chief Brenda Thomas from the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department said there are several precautions you should take when using a generator to ensure safety.

First, she said you should keep your generator completely out of your home, not just in your garage. She said it should be at least five feet away from your home.

Additionally, she said that you don't want to overload your generator. Some good signs that your generator is overloaded is if your lights or electricity start flickering and if the generator begins smoking.

Thomas said that if you are using a gas generator, you should not refuel it while it is still hot. After you turn it off, you should let it cool down before refilling it.

Finally, if you have a box generator that you plug into your home, you should get a professional electrician to install it.

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