Use gen­er­a­tors safely, warns health min­istry

Jamaica Gleaner - - MAPPING MATTHEW -

THE MIN­ISTRY of Health yes­ter­day ad­vised per­sons who opt to use gen­er­a­tors as a re­sult of dis­rup­tion in their power sup­ply to take ex­tra pre­cau­tions and be aware that they use en­gines which pro­duce car­bon diox­ide, a poi­sonous gas that can kill.

As a re­sult, the min­istry said gen­er­a­tors should be used out­doors, away from doors, win­dows and vents of oc­cu­pied spaces.

The min­istry also noted that wa­ter would dam­age gen­er­a­tors as well as pro­duce an elec­tri­cal haz­ard, so they should be kept in a dry area.

Gen­er­a­tors should also be kept a safe dis­tance from struc­tures be­cause of en­gine heat.

An ap­pli­ance that has a heat­ing el­e­ment, such as a toaster or hairdryer, con­sumes a large amount of cur­rent. Per­sons should avoid us­ing th­ese ap­pli­ances when run­ning the gen­er­a­tor.

The min­istry said some gen­er­a­tors have the abil­ity to pro­duce 115/120 volts or 220 volts, so the out­let that uses the cor­rect volt­age should be se­lected.

GLAD­STONE TAY­LOR/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Scores of per­sons flocked to the Pal­isa­does strip in St An­drew yes­ter­day to view the large waves crash­ing along the shore­line.

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