September 6, 2017
CPSC To Consumers: Avoid Deadly Home Hazards When A Hurricane Strikes
CPSC wants consumers to remember to prevent these four home safety hazards:
1. POISONOUS CARBON MONOXIDE (CO)
NEVER use a portable generator anywhere inside your home or garage. Portable generators should be outside, at least 20 FEET from the house, any open window or vent.
NEVER use charcoal grills or camp stoves indoors.
CO from portable generators, charcoal grills and camp stoves can kill in a matter of minutes. CO alarms can save lives. Make sure that you have CO alarms in your home and that they are working.
2. DEADLY ELECTROCUTION HAZARDS
Do not operate or handle electrical appliances that are or have been in standing water.
Have a qualified electrician check electrical appliances, circuit breakers, outlets and wiring before using them if they have gotten wet or have been in standing water.
3. CANDLE-RELATED HOUSE FIRES
4. GAS LEAKS: IF YOU SMELL IT, REPORT IT
Leave the home immediately. Then call 911.
CPSC spokespeople are available for interviews, including in Spanish. Call the Office of Communications to arrange for an interview at 301-504-7908.
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission]]>