Briggs & Stratton Corporation Encourages Winter Generator Safety
January deadliest month for carbon monoxide poisoning according to federal
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 15, 2014
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a study by the federal
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first month of the year
presents particular concerns for home owners and renters – due in part to the
use of alternative heating and power sources during power outages. Therefore
as the winter ice and snowstorm season sets in, Briggs & Stratton Corporation
(NYSE: BGG) finds it an opportune time to remind residents of colder states to
be mindful of the dangers of carbon monoxide while operating portable
"Portable generators are designed to thrive during ice and snow storm season,
when it's more likely power outages will abruptly put families in the dark,"
said Deadra Richelle-Purifoy, assistant marketing manager for Briggs &
Stratton's Power Products Group. "But generators can be dangerous if not
operated properly. We hope to bring attention to the dangers of carbon
monoxide and lead residents to protect themselves."
Generator demand has increased nationwide in recent years in the wake of
devastating events like Superstorm Sandy. There are also far more people
purchasing portable generators who have never owned one before and may be
unfamiliar with safe operation. Couple that with the fact that emotions tend
to run high during power outages and this is where dangerous mistakes often
Portable generators are powered by small engines that emit potentially harmful
carbon monoxide gas. If carbon monoxide is not allowed to exhaust from the
engine in a safe manner, harmful effects – even death – can occur in a matter
Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous because it is a tasteless, odorless
and colorless gas. It is produced any time a fossil fuel is burned and can
still be present even when exhaust fumes cannot be detected.
The best way for cold-weather residents to operate a portable generator is to
read and follow the operator's manual before starting the unit. Additional
steps to ensure safe operation include:
oOnly operate a portable generator outside, far away from windows, doors
and vents to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide gas accumulating and
potentially being drawn toward occupied spaces.
oInstall battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms or plug-in alarms with
battery backup according to the manufacturer's instructions. Smoke alarms
cannot detect carbon monoxide gas.
oDo not run portable generators inside homes, garages, basements,
crawlspaces, sheds or other partially enclosed spaces, even if using fans
or opening doors and windows. Carbon monoxide can quickly build up in
these spaces and linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.
oAlways place your portable generator downwind and point the engine exhaust
away from occupied spaces.
oIf you start to feel sick, dizzy or weak while using the portable
generator, you may have carbon monoxide poisoning. Get outside to fresh
air immediately and call 911 for emergency medical attention. Very high
levels of CO can rapidly cause victims to lose consciousness before they
can rescue themselves. DO NOT attempt to shut off the generator before
moving to fresh air. Entering an enclosed space where a generator is or
has been running may put you at greater risk of CO poisoning.
Visit http://www.briggsandstratton.com/us/en/SafetyFirst for more information
on safely using a portable generator.
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.
SOURCE Briggs & Stratton Corporation
Contact: Patty Lavelle, 402-437-6491, pattyL@swansonrussell.com
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