Q6: Why do I still have a CO shutoff if I properly placed my generator outdoors with the exhaust pointing away?

Updated by Juan Velez

A: Move the generator to an open, outdoor area. Point the exhaust away from people and buildings. Move to fresh air and get medical help if you are feeling sick, dizzy, or weak.

Make sure there are no objects creating obstructions within five feet of the generator. Obstructions in the vicinity of the unit may trap carbon monoxide (CO) emissions near the generator and cause the engine to shut off.

If the generator's exhaust is facing into the wind, the exhaust may be blown back into the machine's operating area, creating an accumulation of CO emissions and triggering an engine shutoff. To avoid an engine shutoff, turn the generator 45° in either direction to allow the exhaust emissions to blow away from the unit. If engine shutoff events continue, readjust and align the exhaust with the wind direction to blow it away from the generator.

See https://www.championpowerequipment.com/generator-safety/how-to-keep-your-generator-safe/ for more information on generator safety.

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