Plan ahead for the next winter storm
Take basic precautions when using backup generators and other alternative power and light sources.
Union County, NJ – January 14, 2022 – Deep freezes, high winds, snow and rain are all coming to Union County over the weekend and into Monday. In the event of a power outage, residents are reminded to take basic safety precautions when using backup generators, candles, kerosene lamps and other alternative power or light sources.
Temperatures in Union County are expected to dip Friday night through Saturday, with snow and rain expected Sunday night through Monday.
Carbon monoxide comes from burning fuels. It cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, but it can quickly concentrate into a deadly poison in closed, unventilated spaces.
Exposure to carbon monoxide from misused emergency generators is a serious health risk that can lead to hospitalization or death.
Basic emergency generator safety measures include:
- Never place a generator anywhere inside a building. This includes basements, garages and sheds.
- Never place a generator next to a building. Carbon monoxide can seep into adjacent buildings and accumulate inside. Always check the manufacturer’s manual for specific instructions.
Additional generator safety guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control is available online at cdc.gov/co
Carbon monoxide poisoning can also occur when gas stoves, charcoal barbecues and other open flame appliances are used for indoor heating.
Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up when cars are idling in a garage, even with the garage door open. Carbon monoxide from an attached garage can easily seep into a home. Drivers who choose to warm up their vehicles should take them completely out of the garage before letting them idle.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be confused with symptoms of the common cold or seasonal flu. Residents who suspect carbon monoxide poisoning should call 911 immediately and notify responders of any generators or fuel sources in or near their homes.
Caution should also be exercised when using candles or kerosene lamps for lighting. Place them on a flat, stable surface out of reach of pets or small children. Keep them away from curtains, papers and other fire hazards.
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For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution, and other emergency services. support, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
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