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The Texas Tribune-ProPublica Investigative Unit

A shut-off switch was supposed to prevent 99% of generator-related deaths. It failed a family of three.

The generator industry has touted automatic shut-off switches as a lifesaving fix for carbon monoxide poisoning. But the voluntary standard falls short of what federal regulators say is necessary to eliminate deaths.

An automatic shut-off switch on a 6,250-watt Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder generator was not enough to prevent the carbon monoxide poisoning of a family of three.
A police report photo shows the position of a generator with the exhaust pointed toward the back door of Demetrice Johnson’s home.

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