Pepco, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company prepare for widespread outages. Prince George's County Fire Department issues power outage and generator safety tips.
With Pepco electric company and the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company both anticipating widespread power outages resulting from impacts from Hurricane Irene, some might be turning to a generator. Hazards associated with using a generator improperly are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock or electrocution, and fire. To avoid these, the Prince George's County Fire Department shares precautions for those who decide to use a generator to keep the lights on: Here are some other safety tips from the fire department, if you're left in the dark this Hurricane Weekend (and next week ...):