Westport FD offers safety tips after putting out generator fire

Generator fire. (Photo: Westport Fire Department)

WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — The Westport Fire Department wants to warn people about using generators following a fire they were called to put out today at a house.

The fire department received a call this afternoon at around 2 p.m. for the reported fire at 50 Compo Mill Cove at around 2 p.m.  Three engines, one ladder truck and one command car with 13 firefighters and officers responded. The first arriving engine, from the Greens Farms Fire Station had to access Compo Mill Cove from Sherwood Island State Park. Upon arrival they found an emergency standby generator at the location on fire against the house.  The fire was quickly extinguished by the first arriving engine using quick attack hoseline and tank water.  Additional arriving firefighters were able to safely shut down the fuel for the generator and check the interior of the house for extension of the fire and shut down the power.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Westport Fire Department Marshals Office and damage was limited to the generator itself.

With the stormy forecast for the area over the next 5 to 6 days the Westport Fire Department would like to remind residents about Generator Safety.

Home Generator Safety Tips:

  • Never use a generator inside your home or an attached garage. Generators produce carbon monoxide, a deadly colorless, odorless gas.
  • Make sure your generator is properly grounded to avoid electrical shocks. Check the generator owner’s manual for correct grounding information.
  • Keep children and pets away from your generator and use caution working around it. Generator parts quickly heat up and can burn you severely during operation. Stay away from the muffler and any other hot areas.
  • Read and adhere to the manufacturer’s directions for safe operation. Read the owner’s manual each time you prepare to operate your generator.
  • A heavy-duty power cord rated for outdoor use and capable of handling the anticipated electrical load should be used for this purpose. Electrical devices can then be connected to the power cord.
  • Gasoline should be stored in approved, non-glass safety containers with a container closure system up to current safety standards. Don’t store gasoline in any shed or garage where there is a fuel-burning appliance. Gasoline vapor can be ignited by a pilot light or other source of flame or spark.
    Extinguish all flames or cigarettes when handling gasoline or the generator.
  • Always shut off the generator before refueling and turn off and disconnect all equipment powered by the generator before shutting it down. Always have a fully charged, approved fire extinguisher located nearby.

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