Winter storm hits area

Staff reporter

If residents choose to use a generator during a power outage, follow these safety precautions:

— Do not connect the generator to the electrical panel of the house or plug in directly to a wall outlet. The correct way is to have a certified electrician install a power transfer switch to the house wiring.

— Follow manufacturer's instruction for operation.

— Never use a portable generator indoors. This includes partially-enclosed areas such as garages.

— Place the generator away from windows or doors that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

— Don't overload the generator.