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Fire Marshal Services

Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER)

35050 SE Douglas St., Ste. 210
Snoqualmie, WA 98065-9266

Fire safety: Generators

Fires and carbon monoxide poisoning can be prevented by  

  • learning the proper use and placement of emergency generators;
  • raising your awareness of the dangers of using charcoal or outdoor propane devices inside your home.
  • reporting a power outage to Utility outages and energy shortages 


We urge the following precautions:

  • Call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773 (1-888 CALL PSE) for generator assistance.
  • Be certain that the hot muffler is kept and pointed away from any combustible material.
  • Do not bring ANY charcoal or propane fueled equipment into your house.  Only devices labeled for INDOOR use are safe.
  • DO NOT refuel the generator while it is running.
  • Clean up any fuel spills before starting the generator.
  • The generator MUST be kept OUTDOORS while running.
  • Make sure a qualified professional does the wiring for you, if the generator is not permanently wired into your home.
  • If your generator is connected to your home electrical system, it must be done via a National Electrical Code and local/state approved transfer switch.
  • All necessary permits must be obtained from the electrical inspection authority.
  • Never use any double ended cords to connect a generator to your home.
  • Be careful not to overload the electrical capacity of the generator when connecting household appliances.
  • When using extension cords to connect the generator to household appliances, make sure that exhaust cannot enter the house at the same point the extension cords come in.
  • Candles - be especially careful. Never leave them burning unless you are in the room with them.
  • Contact us at 206-296-6600 for additional information.