Improper operation can lead to fires, damage to electrical equipment, and even injury or death to people operating the generator.
Tampa, Fla. (PRWEB) July 02, 2012
As home and business owners in the Mid-Atlantic region begin to recover from the severe windstorm that struck over the weekend, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) provides guidance on steps to take during the recovery process and how to reduce future windstorm-related property damage.
As clean up from the storm begins, residents may turn to portable generators to power household appliances and/or electronics until power is restored. A generator poses certain risks that must be addressed for safe operation, according to Dr. Timothy Reinhold, IBHS senior vice president of research and chief engineer.
“Generators can greatly reduce disruption until normal power is restored,” said Dr. Reinhold. “However, improper operation can lead to fires, damage to electrical equipment, and even injury or death to people operating the generator.”
IBHS offers the following free guides to during the recovery process:
- Using Generators Safely offers guidance on the safe operation of generators.
- Reducing Tree Damage details several ways to help prevent damage before a storm strikes and how to clean up the aftermath.
For additional guidance on ways to reduce property damage from high winds, please visit DisasterSafety.org/high_winds.
IBHS is a leading national expert on preparing for, and repairing and rebuilding structures after a catastrophe to make them more disaster-resistant. To arrange an interview with IBHS, contact Joseph King at 813-675-1045/813-442-2845, jking(at)ibhs(dot)org or via direct message on Twitter @jsalking.
Visit DisasterSafety.org for more information about how to make your buildings more resistant to a variety of disasters, big and small. Follow IBHS on Twitter at @DisasterSafety and on Facebook.
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About the IBHS
IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks on residential and commercial property by conducting building science research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparedness practices.