If high winds and heavy rain knock out your power during Hurricane Zeta, a generator can help restore power to your home. Ochsner Health offers the following generator safety tips: Always follow manufacturer instructions, never use a generator inside your home or garage, only outside in a well-ventilated area; place your generator at least 20 feet away from your home; double check that the exhaust is pointed away from any doors or vents. A generator because they produces carbon monoxide gas. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often flu-like. You cannot smell, taste or see carbon monoxide. Protect yourself and your family by installing battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms in your home. If it goes off, call 9-1-1 and go outside.