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Chemsoldier:
No, not lack of generator power in nursing homes, deaths of people who tried to run generators inside homes.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/27/citing-florida-deaths-nelson-grills-regulator-slow-response-generator-safety/709461001/

I feel bad that people (and their children) died, but damn. Use thet things right.  Building them to not emit CO or automatically shut off if CO spikes is just going to make them more expensive, bulkier or less effective.

Alan Georges:
This happens after every hurricane.  Somehow, there's always somebody who doesn't get the word not to run a generator inside.  My heart goes out to the kids who pay for their parents' stupidity.  As for adults who do this, I have nothing for them.

OK, maybe add a CO detector & shut-off.  But for every idiot this saves, how many people will die when their refrigerated medication spoils because the CO detector malfunctioned and wouldn't let the generator run?  There's always a cost to these things, a risk whenever complexity is increased.

never_retreat:
Really a co detector on the generator. What do they last 5 years when stationary in a house.
I can see those being ripped off faster than recoil cords.

Alan Georges:
Aw hell, I'll go ahead and say it.

--- Quote ---Stupidity cannot be cured. Stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death. There is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.
-Robert A. Heinlein

--- End quote ---

Too bad about the kids though.

iam4liberty:

--- Quote from: Alan Georges on September 27, 2017, 09:06:10 PM ---OK, maybe add a CO detector & shut-off.  But for every idiot this saves, how many people will die when their refrigerated medication spoils because the CO detector malfunctioned and wouldn't let the generator run?  There's always a cost to these things, a risk whenever complexity is increased.

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Earlier this week i went through AED (automated external defibrillator) training as we are adding them to our local range. One thing that impressed me is that they have integrated voice instructions on how to use.  How about instead of adding co2 detectors which can have a lot of problems they just add in warning messages when the generator has power output?  Something like: "warning generator is running.  Ensure that generator is placed outdoors.  Leaving inside a structure could result in death."  A voice prompt like that would literally cost pennies to add.

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