Portable Generators

A message from the Garrison Petawawa Fire Prevention Branch

  1. Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas at least 5 feet (1.5 metres) away from all doors, windows, and vent openings. Measure the 5-foot (1.5 metres) distance from the generator exhaust system to the building.

  2. Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.

  3. Place generators so that exhaust fumes cannot enter the home through windows, doors, or other openings in the building. The exhaust must be directed away from the building.

  4. If you are using a portable generator, make sure you have battery- operated carbon monoxide (CO) alarms or plug-in CO alarms with a battery backup in the home.