MBG’S PHONE LINES WILL BE OUT MAY 21; REPORT CLAIMS ONLINE THAT DAY
Mutual Benefit Group will perform maintenance on its phone system this Saturday, May 21. All phone lines will be down that day. If you need to report a claim, go to https://www.mutualbenefitgroup.com/submit-claim/, or call at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 23.

Generator Safety


Generators can help restore your life to near normal levels during a power outage, but caution is needed to use them safely:

  • Always keep portable generators outdoors. Do not run them inside a garage or any enclosed space, and keep them at least 15 feet away from any open windows—yours or your neighbors.
  • Keep the generator dry and under an open canopy in order to avoid electrocution.
  • Hire a licensed electrician to install a transfer connection for the portable generator. Do not plug the generator into existing electrical receptacles in your house. Doing so can cause a back-feed of power into other electrical appliances, which can result in fire.

Safety Issues

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhaust is a common and serious danger that can result in death if generators are used improperly, in particular, if the fuel is not burned completely.
  • Carbon monoxide is invisible and odorless. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home and check the battery life monthly.

Fuel

  • Store fuel outdoors in an approved storage container. Contact your local fire department for information on approved storage containers and how to properly store fuel.
  • Always turn the generator off and let the engine cool before refueling.
  • Do not store fuel near the generator while it is running.