Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Portable Generators Proves Predictable, And Deadly

Portable generator sales fluctuate yearly based on weather-related power outages, but demand remains high. Since 2007, all portable generators have been required to include labels warning about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Portable generator use increases in winter, raising the risk of deadly carbon monoxide exposure. Safety advocates say the issue transcends user error, but legislative and regulatory efforts stall.

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