Hurricane Sandy has left thousands of New Jersey residents without power and home heating. Here are some safety tips you can use to KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE.


  • The use of kerosene or propane space heaters is strictly prohibited and illegal to use in New York City.
  • Kerosene and propane space heaters pose a high risk of death and injury, and generate carbon monoxide.
  • Only use portable electric heaters that are certified and approved by a recognized testing lab, such as UL.
  • Keep portable heaters at least three feet away from combustible materials, such as blankets, curtains and newspapers.
  • Never leave portable heaters unattended, and never leave the house or go to bed without turning off the heater.


  • Be sure to place the generator outdoors where exhaust fumes will not enter an enclosed space.
    Never place generators indoors as generators create carbon monoxide (CO).
  • Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas and is the second leading cause of accidental poisoning.
  • Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in proper working order.
  • Do not connect your generator directly to your home wiring system.
  • Use a certified heavy-duty, extension cord to connect your generator to an appliance.
  • Extension cords come in a variety of sizes known as gauges. The most common gauges are 18,16,14,12 &10. The lower the gauge the more electrical current (amps) the wire can carry.
  • Do not overload the generator. Do not exceed the electrical output rating of the generator.
  • Power strips and surge suppressors do not provide more power, just access to the same limited capacity of the generator.
  • Shut off the engine before refueling and have a charged extinguisher located near the generator.
  • Do not smoke or use any item that can cause a spark anytime you are refueling a generator.
  • Use only approved gasoline storage containers.