2013 Hurricane Season Activity Predicted To Be Above Average

         2013 Hurricane Season Activity Predicted To Be Above Average

Protect your home, family with Briggs & Stratton Corporation standby generator
systems and portable generators

PR Newswire

MILWAUKEE, May 23, 2013

MILWAUKEE, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --This year's hurricane season is
predicted to be a busy one with above-average activity, according to a recent
report released by Colorado State University. Sponsored by the National
Hurricane Center, Hurricane Preparedness Week aims to increase public
awareness of emergency preparation and the upcoming season that runs from June
1 through November 30. Beginning on May 26, the weeklong emergency
preparedness event provides a good opportunity for those living in
hurricane-prone areas to take steps to help ensure their family and home is
safe before a storm hits.

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After a 2012 hurricane season that produced twice as many storms as projected,
forecasters anticipate 18 named storms, nine hurricanes and four intense
category 3 or stronger hurricanes for 2013.

"Taking the right precautions and planning ahead are especially important this
year as families think about how to mitigate the damage of a hurricane
affecting their home," said Amanda Grandy, marketing manager for Briggs &
Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG). "An ideal way for homeowners to prepare for
a power outage is to install a standby generator system such as the new Briggs
& Stratton 8-10 kilowatt^1 Standby Generator."

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.

"Our new 8-10 kW^1 Standby Generator is an affordable option for families
taking a stand against letting power outages interrupt their life," Grandy
said. "Its compact design gives homeowners more placement options while its
powerful Briggs & Stratton® engine helps ensure all of the home's basic
appliances are covered by backup power."

For those needing an immediate solution to power select key appliances during
an outage, a portable generator, such as the new 6250-Watt^2 Storm Responder,
is the perfect solution.

Coupled with step-by-step startup, shutdown and storage instructions, the
Storm Responder features a safety guide printed directly on the unit to
maximize ease of use. Simple diagrams indicate the correct oil and fuel to
use, which appliances can be plugged in and where the unit should be placed
while in use.

"To avoid injury when using portable generators, it's important that
homeowners follow key safety measures," said Eric Loferski, marketing director
for Briggs & Stratton. "Portable generators should only be used outdoors and
away from open windows or doors to avoid fumes from entering the home. To
guarantee that the generator continues providing power when needed, homeowners
should read and follow the manufacturer's operating and maintenance

In addition to preparing a home to maintain power following a storm, the
Federal Emergency Management Agency's Ready campaign offers a host of ways for
families to prepare their home for a hurricane, including:

  oCover all of the home's windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters
    to protect windows from high winds and further secure the home by closing
  oBring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything
    else that is not tied down
  oKeep all trees and shrubs well trimmed to increase wind resistance

Visit ready.gov for more tips on how to keep your family safe during a
hurricane. Homeowners can also visit www.briggsandstratton.com/SafetyFirst for
more information how to keep their family safe when using a portable

Briggs & Stratton generators are available at dealers and various retail
locations, see the Briggs & Stratton website for more where to buy details.

^1 This generator is rated in accordance with UL (Underwriters Laboratories)
2200 (stationary engine generator assemblies) and CSA (Canadian Standards
Association) standard C22.2 No. 100-04 (motors and generators).

^2 This generator is rated in accordance with CSA (Canadian Standards
Association) standard C22.2 No. 100-04 (motors and generators).

About Briggs & Stratton Corporation
Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the
world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its
wholly owned subsidiaries include North America's number one manufacturer of
portable generators and pressure washers, and it is a leading designer,
manufacturer and marketer of lawn and garden and turf care through its
Simplicity®, Snapper®, Ferris®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs &
Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over
100 countries on six continents. For more information, visit www.basco.com or

SOURCE Briggs & Stratton Corporation

Website: http://www.briggsandstratton.com
Contact: Larissa Blick, Swanson Russell, 402-437-6491,
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