Department of Health

Power outages: using alternative fuel and electricity generation safely

When power outages occur, usually as a result of severe weather events, people sometimes use alternative sources of fuel or electricity generation for cooking, lighting, heating, or power.

Portable generators can allow some normal activities to continue, however it is important to use them with extreme caution.

Petrol or diesel powered generators can produce carbon monoxide gas so must only be operated in a well ventilated outdoor area away from open windows and vents.

Carbon monoxide is invisible and you cannot smell it. If it builds up in the home, garage, caravan it can cause sudden illness, loss of consciousness and death. Think about your pets as well as your family.

Further information on using alternative fuel and electricity generation safely is provided in the following fact sheet.


Date published
13 Oct 2020
2 pages
Department of Health & Human Services
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Reviewed 14 October 2020

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