Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association Unveils Safety Program Geared Toward Kids

“Generate Safety” includes classroom materials, teacher’s guide

Portable generators can be life-saving sources of power in times of emergency.
Unfortunately, when used improperly, they can also be deadly. It’s never too early to start
educating people about the safe, proper use of these tools, which is why the Portable Generator
Manufacturers’ Association (PGMA) is releasing a portable generator safety curriculum,
“Generate Safety,” designed for school-aged children. Content is divided into two distinct age
groups: K-6 and 7-12 grades. The lessons promote safe usage of portable generators in
emergencies and avoidance of exposure to dangerous carbon monoxide fumes.
PGMA is the industry association for portable generators and is dedicated to educating
consumers on the safe use of portable generators, as demonstrated by its Take It Outside
“Generate Safety” is ideal for use in schools, scout and other troop programs, safety
towns and other community-based children’s safety advocacy classes, power company and other
public safety outreach managers, and more. The program helps fulfill teachers’ mission of
preparing children by helping to develop safe behaviors students can carry into adulthood. The
program’s goal is to help consumers appreciate that portable generator safety isn’t just for adults.
In fact, teaching kids about portable generator safety has immediate benefits … and long-term
benefits, too.
“Each year, portable generators help tens of thousands of people weather power outages
brought on by storms, fires, and other emergencies,” said Susan Orenga, Executive Director,
PGMA. “The program’s age-appropriate curriculum teaches students about the simple steps
necessary to help ensure safe and proper operation – such as always using the generator
outdoors, well away from dwellings, and never indoors, in the garage, or near doors, windows, or
vents. By establishing good habits now, we can help the next generation ‘generate safety’ now
and as they get older.”
“Generate Safety” includes a detailed Teacher’s Guide and downloadable educational
content, including posters, word searches, lessons, and support materials that teach students
about safe placement and operation of portable generators as well as the advanced planning
needed to help ensure their proper, effective use.
All tools and materials are available FREE from PGMA and can be downloaded at
https://www.takeyourgeneratoroutside.com/ under the Safety Resources tab.
Formed in 2009, PGMA members include major manufacturers of portable generators
sold in North America and a significant majority of the industry. The Portable Generator
Manufacturers’ Association (PGMA) develops and influences safety and performance standards,
including the only comprehensive portable generator standard, ANSI-PGMA G300.

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