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PGMA Offers Safety Tips for Portable Generator Use While Camping


The Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association (PGMA) has published an article offering safety guidance to campers using portable generators while camping “off-grid.”

PGMA advises that even in open spaces, safety rules must be followed in order to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) exposure while using portable generators. Their tips include:

  • Read the operator’s manual first.
  • Choose portable generators with automatic CO shutoff systems that meet safety standard requirements.
  • Keep the generator outside and far from doors or openings.
  • Position the generator so that fumes are directed away from the RV, truck, car, trailer, tent, and people including any neighbors.

PGMA also advises campers to know the symptoms of CO poisoning – headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and shortness of breath – and leave the area right away if you feel them.

Learn more about the safe use of portable generators on campgrounds in the PGMA news release.

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