Don't let the CPSC move forward with their proposal to make portable generators dangerous, not affordable, and unavailable. TAKE ACTION NOW

Make your voice heard before it is too late. It's easy.

Let them know how important these life-saving sources of secondary power are to average Americans.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed a rule that would effectively ban portable generators on store shelves. They say it's about protecting people from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning - but it ignores an industry-wide standard - which includes built-in CO detection and automatic shut-offs - that already protects against 98.3% of CO incidents.

Let's take a look at the facts.

The CPSC positioning:

The facts are:

The CPSC claims the current voluntary standard is ineffective and not followed.

Manufacturers embrace a voluntary standard (ANSI/ PGMA G300). Units have a CO monitor and shutdown system, well established performance safety requirements, and clear warnings to never operate generators indoors. These solutions are +98% effective and the majority of portable generators come with this technology. The overwhelming compliance with a voluntary standard WAS NOT considered by CPSC in its rule making.

The CPSC feels it can regulate products without following statutory requirements.

The CPSC is required by law to rely on voluntary safety standards when it adequately addresses the product hazard and is likely to have substantial compliance – which ANSI/PGMA G300 does. The CPSC has not followed procedural guidelines for a mandatory standard.

The CPSC believes their proposal will save lives.

The CPSC changes actually put consumers at risk.

The CPSC believes limiting CO emissions further has no negative consequences.

Industry testing concludes that the CPSC changes would force portable generators' exhaust temperatures over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Extreme temperatures that could prompt house fires, lead to burns, and threaten users' safety.

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Our industry has ALWAYS taken safe use of our products seriously.

It's why the Portable Generator Manufacturers' Association (PGMA) created and actively promote the TAKE IT OUTSIDE™ campaign to make it easy for consumers to remember proper usage guidelines for portable generators. We also created the ANSI accredited G300 safety standard in which all portable generators are equipped with a CO detector and automatic shut-off.

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Help stop the CPSC from taking away your portable generator by sending an email to the CPSC and your Member of Congress.

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Why does this matter?

Cars. Hairdryers. Kitchen knives. Curling irons. All things that make everyday life better… and are potentially dangerous or even deadly when misused or abused. The fact is, the government will never be able to regulate safety 100 percent. It's up to individuals to decide for themselves what's best for them. And preventing the public from accessing portable generators makes no sense. It's also the ultimate in government overreach. Portable generators are a vital tool used by millions of people across the U.S. If the rule passes, it mandates a 180-day effective date — a timetable not nearly sufficient for manufacturers to redesign, re-develop, test, and bring new generators to market. There will be no generators. And what follows will come at a price prohibitively high to average people.