They tell you don’t put a generator indoors. They tell you don’t put it in the garage. Hell’s bells, they even put a series of idiot- and illiterate-proof cartoon graphics on it, so you don’t put it where the colorless, odorless carbon monoxide in its exhaust will get in where you breathe it.
86-year-old Ruby Bell and her husband, 87-year-old Robert Bell, were found dead at home by their son over the weekend. He said the time of death was believed to be Friday night.
Russell Watson, the Duncan Chapel Fire District chief, told The Greenville News that the couple had lost power during the storm and a relative had set up a generator in their garage. Watson said the relative left the garage door propped open with a ladder, but it somehow closed and the generator filled the house with carbon monoxide.
As it happens, hemoglobin, the stuff in your red blood cells that takes on oxygen in your lungs and brings it to every cell in your body, delivering the precious oxygen to all the cells that must have O2 or die, likes O2 a lot, but chemically prefers CO — carbon monoxide.
So, get a CO detector (or several), and don’t run engines, whether for cars, snowblowers, generators, anything, inside the house or inside an attached garage.
It will not harm your generator to put it out on the walk or driveway, or for snow to fall on it. But it may harm you not to put it out there.
If all else fails, read the cartoons on the jeezly thing.