A portable residential or recreational generator can be very useful. However, these generators can be dangerous if not used properly. Please follow the safety tips and any additional recommendations made by the manufacturer and safety authorities.

  • Read and observe the instructions from the generator manufacturer for safe operation before hooking up the generator.
  • Generators emit carbon monoxide. Always run the generator outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Do not run a generator in an enclosed area.
  • Use the generator outdoors only (as indicated above) away from open windows, vents or doors. Deadly carbon monoxide fumes can build up. That is the reason to never use the generator inside of a home, garage, crawl space or any other enclosed area.
  • Do not operate the engine near combustible materials.
  • Maintain your generator engine according to the maintenance schedule for peak performance and safety.
  • Keep gas fresh. If you do not plan to use your generator for up to 30 days, stabilize the gas with a gas stabilizer.
  • Before refueling the generator, turn the engine off and allow the engine to cool for at least two minutes. Gasoline and its vapors are highly flammable.
  • Place the generator on level ground to operate.
  • When using extension cords, be sure they are grounded, and are a sufficient wire gauge for the application. Heavy duty outdoor-rated cords will handle household appliance loads.
  • Never plug your generator directly into your house circuit. This can be deadly to you and others.
  • If connecting a generator into your home electrical system, have a qualified electrician install a manual power transfer switch. This may prevent electrocution.
  • Do not leave your generator unattended. If you have to leave home or leave it unattended, turn it off.

Carbon Monoxide

​Each year hundreds of people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Many of these deaths could have been prevented by installing carbon monoxide alarms in the home. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas that is produced by burning wood, coal, charcoal, natural gas, gasoline, propane, oil, methane and other common fuels.

Do not run a vehicle, generator or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if the garage doors are open.
Never use a barbecue grill or internal-combustion engine, such as a generator, indoors or near building openings. Carbon monoxide enters your body undetected through breathing. Symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, light-headedness, and shortness of breath. Install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location in your home’s sleeping areas. If sleeping areas are spaced far apart, each area will need a carbon mondoxide alarm. If the carbon monoxide warning signal sounds, immediately go to a fresh air location and call for help. Carbon Monoxide alarms are NOT substitutes for smoke alarms.

Generator Services

The Housing Department ensures that every Tribal Member who needs a portable generator after a hurricane passes receives one. If you need a generator after a storm occurs, please call 1-800-617-7517 and a generator will be delivered to you as soon as possible. Please contact the Housing Department for your generator needs including service, testing, and fueling.

Housing Field Offices

  • Hollywood 954-985-2300 x 4
  • Big Cypress 863-805-2940
  • Brighton 863-763-4128
  • Immokalee 239-657-4515
  • Fort Pierce 772-466-1492
  • Tampa 813-246-3100
  • Trail 305-553-8245


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