FRNSW warns against using generators inside homes-Video message - Flood-affected areas in NSW

Published: 06 Mar 2022 01:02pm

Following the destructive floods occurring across the state, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is warning the community against the incorrect use of fuel-powered equipment.

Fuel-powered equipment can include generators or pumps that have an exhaust pipe.

The exhaust fumes from the engine can quickly fill a room, house or garage and render the occupants unconscious.

Fire and Rescue NSW Assistant Commissioner Education and Training, Roger Mentha said it's critical to avoid the use of generators and other fuel-powered equipment inside their homes.

"This type of equipment is not suitable for indoor use and can lead to a build-up of colourless and odourless carbon monoxide. This can be fatal as it reduces oxygen when inside.”

“All fuel-powered devices should be used in accordance with manufacturer's recommended practices.

“Never use portable generators indoors, or in garages and sheds. They should always be used outside well away from windows, doors, vents or any other opening,” he said. 

For information on generator safety, visit [external link]

For further information on fire safety, visit or contact your local fire station.

**For media: please find video safety message from FRNSW Deputy Commissioner Field Operations, Jeremy Fewtrell [external link]**

Updated: 25 Oct 2022 11:41am

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