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If you own a generator please fuel it up and crank it and let it run a few minutes. Don't wait until your power goes out. When your power is restored remember to turn off the fuel shutoff on your generator and crank it up and let it run until it shuts off. This will help to avoid the carb gumming up and your generator not cranking next time. It should also be cranked up about every 6 weeks and ran for about 15 minutes to help keep everything working properly. If it will be ran for several days it is a good idea to check the oil level and add a little as needed. Some generators have a sending unit that will shut the engine down if the oil level gets low.  Last but not least, keep the generator outdoors when it is running. Carbon monoxide is deadly!

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Great reminders!  

In addition to running it outside, that doesn't mean in the garage (even with the door open), not on the lanai, not near an open window.  Plan on chaining it to something(s) that will make it difficult to walk off with.  If a tree isn't available, even running the chain through a few lawn chairs will make it hard to take.

I'd also add that if possible to safely do so, store your gas cans outside.  We have a little U-shaped area on our lanai with walls on two sides and the door to the pool bath on the third. We keep ours there, as they can't get blown anywhere.  If you are storing many gallons of gas in cans in your garage, the fumes get very strong, enough so that a spark could ignite them--if you have a gas water heater in the garage this is particularly important.


If you have a screened lanai or "birdcage," take the screens out of the windows that face that area.  That way they won't get torn up during the storm, and you can put them back in to open the windows afterwards.  

 

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