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Tips for operating generators during winter weather

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - With the possibility of ice this weekend, there's the potential for power outages and local safety experts are warning you to be extra careful operating your generator.

Aaron Skiles with Lowe's in Quincy says if you lose power, you need to carefully monitor how much wattage you run through your generator. If you have too much, you could cause permanent damage.  

Skiles says it's also important to have a safe location for your generator.

"I wouldn't put it anywhere in your house. I would actually try to have the main cable fed outside because with any kind of gas you're going to get carbon monoxide and with carbon monoxide that's going to be dangerous to inhale anyway," Skiles says.

Another tip, Skiles says it's also a good idea to make sure to check the filters and put fresh gas in your generator to prevent any other problems.
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