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GEICO URGES CAUTION WHEN USING ELECTRICAL GENERATORS

 GEICO URGES CAUTION WHEN USING ELECTRICAL GENERATORS
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- With central power


unavailable in areas devastated by Hurricane Andrew, many homeowners are using portable electrical generators to meet their power needs. But improperly used generators can be dangerous, warns William Griswold, vice president of the Property Insurance Center of Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO).
 "GEICO has had several fire claims resulting from improperly used electrical generators," Griswold said. "If you're not sure how to use a generator properly, don't take chances."
 Griswold offers the following tips for generator use:
 -- Carefully follow the instructions that came with your generator to assure all connections are made properly and make sure that your main outside power line is disconnected. The outside line must be cut off to assure electrical current does not leak back to main power lines and seriously injure repairmen who believe the lines to be dead.
 -- Do not connect a generator to an electrical circuit in your home that feeds exposed or damaged wiring. Disconnect any circuit breakers leading to such wiring.
 -- Guard against leaks and spills when filling a hot generator with gasoline. A spark, hot wire or exhaust manifold can ignite even the tiniest amount of fuel.
 -- Never use a generator in an enclosed area such as a bedroom or garage. Generators emit carbon monoxide exhaust that is deadly if inhaled.
 "With so much turmoil caused by the storm, you don't want to face additional unnecessary burdens," Griswold said. "Get expert help to make sure you and your belongings are safe from fire, shock, exhaust fumes and other generator-related hazards."
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 /CONTACT: Kathi Rowzie, public relations, GEICO, 301-986-2993/
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