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Preparing for Power Outages during Hurricane Season - Four Important Safety Measures for Generator Use

Swannanoa, NC - - June 4, 2014 - Taking the right precautions and planning ahead is especially important this year as families think about how to mitigate the damage of a hurricane affecting their home. An ideal way for homeowners to prepare for a power outage is to install a standby generator system. Fueled by liquid propane or natural gas, standby generators automatically keep the power on when a home’s primary power source goes out, allowing homeowners to run appliances like air conditioners, heaters, refrigerators, sump pumps, clothes washers/dryers and lights.

Homeowners follow key safety measures:

  1. Portable generators should only be used outdoors and away from open windows or doors to avoid fumes from entering the home.
  2. To guarantee the generator continues providing power when needed, homeowners should read and follow the manufacturer’s operating and maintenance instructions.
  3. Generators used to restore power can be extremely hazardous and even life threatening when not properly operated and maintained. The primary hazard when using a generator is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust. Unlike fire or smoke, CO is a deadly gas that you cannot see or smell.

For additional information on Carbon Monoxide Hazards and Safety, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

For more tips on how to keep your family safe during a hurricane contact your nearest Blossman Gas location.

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Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service has been providing comfort to families throughout the Southeast for more than 60 years. Servicing customers in 12 states from 68 branches, the family-and employee-owned company sells more than 76 million gallons a year. Showrooms provide demonstrations and expertise on most national manufacturers of ranges, cooktops, water heaters, generators, gas grills and gas logs. Leading the industry in technician training, Blossman is a full-service company that provides everything from propane delivery to appliance sales, installation and service.

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